Archive for September 6th, 2011

1906, September 6 – BIRTH OF DORA DAVIS

Shy, coy Emma Gallardo admired Betty Davis; she had just seen her in “The Man Who Played God” which premiered in 1932 and was the film which launched Davis’s fame…a few months later when fame and fortune were inadvertently thrust on Emma; she chose the stage name of “Dora Davis”…one day, Emma’s sister-in-law had asked her to accompany her to an audition at a local radio station…while there, Emma unexpectedly found her self auditioning her voice…to her surprise she and not the sister-in-law were hired…this was to lead to a 12 year-long relationship with Radio Belgrano…her voice and as well as her cheerful, sunny disposition were to make her a darling with the radio audiences…in fact in a poll conducted by Sintonia Magazine, she was rate along with Libertad Lamarque and Amanda Ledesma, as the most popular female singers…Dora Davis (Virgo) was born in the neighborhood of Monteserrat and quit school early to work…her father love to sing and he encouraged a similar interest in his beloved daughter…


She married Eduardo Regard a magazine owner and club director and had resigned herself to her roll as a wife and a mother when fate intervened…she had the distinction, on March 31, 1944, along with Eva Peron of appearing on Argentina’s first television broadcast…she would appear on two films; the acclaimed “Idolos De La Radio” on which she sang the walz “La Tapera” and “Alma De Bandoneon” on which she sings Discepolo’s “Mis Suenos”…Dorita endeared herself to a grateful public for having organized a special event to honor the legendary Azucena Maizani, “The Queen of Tango”….however, shy Dorita was never really comfortable in the glitter of show business and following a radio interview in 1946 she chose to recede from the public eye and was forgotten for 30 years…in 1972 at the age of 66 she returned to the stage for one final performance to enthusiastic applause and ecstatic reviews…she would recall in her waning years, with deep nostalgia, the early years when chauffeured by her brother, her mother in the back seat would give last-minute encouragement as they raced from home to the radio station and then to publicity appointments afterwards