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Italian singer Milva has died

Rome (AP) - fiery red hair, rolling R, glamorous appearances in glittering robes. The Italian hit and chanson singer Milva fulfilled many clichés. She was celebrated as a diva with outstanding talent.

The appropriate name for this: «La Rossa», the red one. But Milva didn't like the title. «I'm not a diva. The word is certainly appropriate in connection with Marilyn Monroe, but not with me, ”she once said. And yet she will leave the world as such. At the age of 81, she died on Friday evening in Milan, as confirmed by her secretary Edith Meier. According to Milva's daughter, the star had been ill for a long time.

"Hurray, we're still alive," she sang in her best-known song in German. «How strong is a person? How much fears, how much pressure can he endure? " It might be a small reference to her own life that Depths knew.

Maria Ilva Biolcati was born on July 17, 1939 as the daughter of a seamstress and a fisherman in the small town of Goro on the Adriatic coast. "I never wanted to be a singer, that was absolutely not my dream," she said. “In reality, I was born in a small village where people were rather simple. I wanted to draw, paint, sew. I wanted to become a seamstress, sew great clothes. "

But Milva had to lend a hand early and earn money for the family when her father lost his property. She moved to Bologna and took part in a singing competition. "It was a way to get money." She got a singing and acting education.

And my career went uphill. She recorded dozens of albums, sang on tours and on theatrical stages. She appeared almost 20 times at Italy's most important hit festival in Sanremo - but she never won.

She made the leap from pop star to recognized interpreter of Bertolt Brecht. At the Piccolo Teatro in Milan she was the pirate jenny in the “Threepenny Opera”, directed by Giorgio Strehler. "This can be achieved with intensive studies, a lot of effort and absolute willpower," explained Milva, who once called German her second mother tongue.

Politically, too, she saw herself in line with Brecht. Milva understands Brecht's songs so well because she comes from the same milieu as his characters, Strehler is said to have said. However, the Italian ultimately turned away from politics and the socialists, disappointed.

On the other hand, she never let go of the world of hits. Together with Al Bano, she appeared on the “ZDF Hit Parade”, and she delighted her fans in the GDR in the 1980s. At the same time she came up with interpretations of Edith Piaf chansons and Zarah Leander pieces, and gave opera guest performances, including at La Scala in Milan. In 2006 Milva received the Federal Cross of Merit.

In my private life, on the other hand, things didn't always go up. At 21, she married the then 44-year-old Maurizio Corgnati. Her daughter Martina was born, who she initially felt as a “rival”, said Milva later. She was still a girl herself. She later regretted that she was “not a great mother” and that she often left her daughter alone. She was fearful herself and believed until she was 17 that “death would come and take me at night”. "I was always in bed with my mom."

She fell into a deep depression, had unhappy relationships and needed treatment. Ultimately, however, she fought her way out of the deep and gained stability, she said.

In a 2010 interview on Italian television, she spoke of health problems that kept her from continuing to emerge. Although she declared her career over at the time, there were still occasional appearances afterwards. Until recently she lived in her house in the center of the Italian metropolis of Milan.

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