Raffaella Carra, popular Italian singer, presenter, and actress, has passed away at the age of 78 on Monday.
The legendary singer died on Monday afternoon after battling an illness that she chose not to disclose publicly during her lifetime, her former partner and collaborator Sergio Japino announced.
“Raffaella has left us. She went to a better world, where her humanity, her unmistakable laugh, and her extraordinary talent will shine forever,” Japino stated.
Carra was born Raffaella Maria Roberta Pelloni in Bologna on June 18, 1943. From a young age, the singer was drawn to the stage.
At just eight years old, the star left home to study at Italy’s National Dance Academy in Rome.
Carra’s entrance into show business kicked off in the 1950s, when the young Italian star began acting in films as a child.
Raffaella Carra achieved worldwide fame
Her silver screen debut was at the age of nine, when she starred in the film “Tormento del Passado” in 1952. She went on to act in a handful of films before graduating from the National Film School of Italy in 1960.
Famed for her beauty and incredible talent, Carra soon found fame in Italy, where she performed elaborate choreography and sang on countless television shows in the ’70s.
Carra was the first woman to show her bellybutton on camera in Italy, a move that prompted harsh criticism from the Vatican.
The talented star released a umber of international hits during her career. Her songs “A Far L’amore Comincia Tu” and “Tanti Auguri (Best Wishes)” were her biggest international hits.
The legendary singer was particularly beloved by the LGBT community in Italy.