Abel Palermo

he was born in the locality of Alejandro Korn, in the province of Buenos Aires. Daughter of Juan da Luz de Roca and Josefa Borbón. One of her brothers would be an important figure in theater, movies and television, I mean Jorge Luz.

Since an early age he evidenced great capabilities to singing and acting. Because of that she studied in the important academy PAADI, run by the Rubistein brothers (419 Callao Avenue). And, at age 19 she made her debut as female singer on Radio La Nación which after 1937 was called Radio Mitre.

In 1936, recommended by the singer Ernesto Famá, she had a small role in the motion picture Loco lindo, directed by Arturo S. Mom. Its principal players were Luis Sandrini, Sofía Bozán, Tomás Simari, Juan Sarceni, Pedro Fioriti and Famá, who sings the Carlos Di Sarli’s number with lyrics by the writer Conrado Nalé Roxlo (Chamico), “Loco lindo”.

That same year she again appeared in the movies, in the film Ya tiene comisario el pueblo, co-directed by Claudio Martínez Paiva and Eduardo Morera, alongside Agustín Irusta, Roberto Fugazot and Leonor Rinaldi, among others.

Simultaneously, she continued singing successfully on Radio Mitre, sharing the billboard of the radio station with Carmen Duval, Aída Denis and Yola Yoli.

Later she was starred alongside the singer Alberto Gómez in De la sierra al valle, directed by Antonio Ber Ciani (1938); with Tito Lusiardo and the singer Osvaldo Moreno; in El sobretodo de Céspedes, directed by Leopoldo Torres Ríos (1939) and, in 1940 she sang her first tango for the movies, “El pañuelito” in the Luis Bayón Herrera’s film: Los celos de Cándida, whose leading actress was Niní Marshall. That year and with the same director she was the leading lady in Amor, along with Pepita Serrador and Adolfo Stray.

Regrettably for tango, it turns out evident that in her heart the actress was more important than the singer. So without a break, a large number of movies and theater plays were released, we shall name those which stood out:

Cuando canta el corazón, written by Richard Harlan, along with the consecrated Hugo Del Carril. They sing as a duo: “Buenos Aires”, “La morocha” and “Dónde estás corazón” (1941).

Papá tiene novia, by Carlos Schlieper, with Amanda Ledesma (1941); La piel de zapa, by Bayón Herrera, with Hugo Del Carril. The duo sings “La noche de mis sueños” (1943).

Pobre mi madre querida, unforgettable film co-directed by Homero Manzi and Ralph Pappier, along with Hugo Del Carril and the Italian actress Emma Gramatica (1948); El último payador, with the same directors, again along with Hugo Del Carril, as homage to José Betinotti (1950).

A special paragraph deserves El patio de la morocha (1953), a lyrical farce (sainete) by Enrique Santos Discépolo, under the musical direction of Aníbal Troilo, in which she is the leading lady. Curiously, that character had been firstly offered to Virginia Luque who did not accept the role because she disagreed with the producers. It was one of the most successful shows that featured the Troilo-Grela quartet and the singers, Agustín Irusta, Jorge Casal and Raúl Berón. Aída premiered the tango “Patio mío” and the habanera “La retrechera”. With them, despite the time elapsed, she showed that her voice and her quality as interpreter was intact.

At the end of the long theater season the Odeon company summoned her to record a disc with the numbers of the sainete for its subsidiary label Pampa, and, in another record, the tangos “El pañuelito” and “Milonguita (Esthercita)”.

After this short but successful return to singing, this star, so closely linked to our city music, resumed her truly vocation as actress with a magnificent career that achieved important awards: Martín Fierro, Ace de oro, San Gabriel, Konex, Cóndor de oro, Estrella de Mar, Blanca Podestá and the best of them all, the public consecration.