Raffaella Carrà has passed away today, aged 78, following an undisclosed illness. Her former partner and long time collaborator, Sergio Japino, broke the news.
Who was Raffaella Carrà?
Raffaella Carrà, who was born in Bologna in 1943, was a singer, dancer, actress and television presenter. She was not only popular in her home country of Italy, but also across Europe and Latin America. Her career began when she was just 9 years old, when she made her acting debut in the film “Torment Of The Past” in 1952. Since then, she has gone on to act in many films and television shows.
In 1965, she moved to the United States where she signed with 20th Century Fox and acted alongside Frank Sinatra in the 1965 film “Von Ryan’s Express”, before returning to her homeland where she appeared in many Italian films.
In 1961, Raffaella ventured into dancing and singing, something which she continued with well into the 1970s, with appearances on many of Italian television shows, including hosting duties of Sanremo in 2001. She has also become a very popular talk show host in Italy since the late 1970s, with her last talk show being in 2019.
Raffaella and Eurovision
It’s no secret that Raffaella was a big fan of The Eurovision Song Contest. In 2008, she co-hosted Spain’s national final, Salvemos Eurovisión, and in 2011, she was the spokesperson for Italy in Eurovision. Raffaella was instrumental in Italy’s return to the contest, and after many talks with RAI, Italy returned to Eurovision in 2011 after a 14 year absence. Raffaella had also been listed as one of the favourites to host Eurovision 2022 in Italy.
We would like to send our condolences and thoughts to Raffaella’s friends and family at this difficult time.