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Singer
(16 September 1902 - 11 January 1987)

More Palmero:
he was a vamp, a pleasant charming woman with the grace usually found in Andalusian women. She did not possess a great voice but what she did had some kind of charm for many people.

This beautiful female singer of the 30s was born in Ronda, province of Málaga, Spain. Since her childhood she was attracted to art; she herself says that she used to put on her mother's clothes to play as if she were in a theater.

She started her career at a very early age, as cupletista, appearing in Gibraltar and Casablanca.

In 1925 she joined a varieté company and appeared at the Romea theater of Madrid. Soon thereafter she made a tour of Mexico and Cuba, as tonadillera, and later arrived in Buenos Aires. She came to know José Razzano, then Gardel's agent, with whom she had a long love affair. After his advice she definitively devoted to tango. Undoubtedly, her relationship with Razzano opened many doors to her.

She made her debut in 1930 on Radio Argentina and began a fairly successful career. Her voice became familiar like other great figures. «Tango is for me a peaceful solace, it has cast an inexplicable powerful spell on my heart...», according to her own words.

There are not many recordings by this female singer, but among them we can highlight: the tango "Botarate", the waltzes "Encantadora" and "Ilusión marina" and the pasodoble "El niño de las monjas". In her recordings "El Negro" José Ricardo, the great Carlos Gardel's guitarist, accompanied her.

She appeared at many theaters and cinema theaters and also her photographs alongside well-known personalities of the period were published in magazines.

In 1931 she performed at "La fiesta del tango" held at the Teatro Colón. Then the female singer Libertad Lamarque was awarded as "Reina del tango" (queen of tango).

In 1933 she joined Radio Splendid's staff and her renditions were highly recognized. Some numbers of her repertory at that time were: "Al mundo le falta un tornillo", "Andate" and "Naipe marcado". She as well appeared on LR2 Radio Argentina.

In the late 1933 she was a staff member of Radio Prieto along with Santiago Devin, Tania, Alberto Vila and Edgardo Donato, among others. In February 1934 she was aired on Sundays at 9:15 PM and on Thursdays at 9:30 PM on the above mentioned radio station; and on Radio Argentina, Sundays at 8:15 PM and Thursdays at 10:30 PM.

She was also at the opening of LU7 Radio General San Martín in the city of Bahía Blanca (province of Buenos Aires).

In a short time she married twice and due to personal reasons she quit her public performances, but reappeared in 1939 on Radio El Mundo. By that time her last love affair ended tragically because her second husband, the actor and radio announcer Lalo Harbin, shot her two bullets that, fortunately, did not kill Anita.

Some time later she traveled to Brazil and remained there almost five years. She came back to Argentina and, in 1948 she joined the actors' staff of the Teatro Cervantes. She performed the role of Doña Agustina Rosas de Mansilla at the David Peña's play "La divisa punzó".

She was as well starred at several movies, "Fúlmine" (1949) with Pepe Arias and "El ladrón canta boleros" (1950) alongside Mario Clavell.

As author she wrote the milonga "Burrero seco", based on a personal experience. Her ex-husband, Lalo Harbin, had invested money by buying race-horses which, time later, ruined him.

Her definitive retirement took place in 1963, and she died in Buenos Aires at age 84.