Beba Bidart

History

Beba Bidart (April 3rd 1924, Buenos Aires, Argentina – August 27th 1994) was a tango singer, actress and dancer.

At the age of 4 Beba began to study at the children’s theater, Teatro Infantil Labarden, and by the age of 15 she made her debut as a chorus girl in the Casino Theater and later at the Maipo Theater, where she became a star.

Beba recorded over thirty tango tracks accompanied by orchestras such as Francisco Canaro’s,  the Color Tango, and Trio Yumba to name a few. Among her most notable recordings are interpretations of “Me bautizaron milonga,” “El firulete,” “La milonga y yo” (with her own lyrics) and “Ventarrón.”

Her first performance as an actress on the big screen was in Los Pulpos in 1948; she would appear in over thirty films throughout the rest of her career. On the small screen Beba got her start in La revista de Dringue with Dringue Farias. She also participated in the shows Tropicana Club, La Botica del Angel, Chantecler and in Grandes Valores del Tango. She made her mark in soap operas as well, including appearances in La cruz de Maria Cruces, Bajo el mismo cielo and Rolando Rivas taxista.

In theater Beba appeared in the play Madame Trece and took part in tango shows including Tu cuna un conventillo, Somos del dos por cuatro and Una noche en Buenos Aires.

Not only could Beba Bidart act and sing, but she was as well a great tango dancer and partner to legendary Tito Lusiardo. She also danced with various presidents including Juan Domingo Perón, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, Juan Carlos Onganía and Carlos Menem.

The composer Mariano Mores dedicated his milonga “Taquito Militar” to her.

Beba passed away on August 27th 1994 due to a heart attack while she was in her tango house, Taconeando, a historic site in the neighborhood of San Telmo where the regulars would frequent for a chance to dance with her.

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