(January 14, 1931 - living) Italy
Born in Paris of Italian parents, once married to Gerd Eric Horst Scholz, a German, and later to Roy Budd, an Englishman, Caterina Valente easily relates to fans wherever she performs, particularly in Europe. A fact proven by major Awards she has received from Italy, Germany (2 crosses of merit), France (officer of artistic education), Brazil, Japan as well as the USA.
In 1954 Caterina Valente introduced herself to European audiences with her recordings of Istanbul and I love Paris. In 1955 Gordon McRea presented her on the Colgate Comedy Hour as the "Malaguena" Girl. This was followed by the world wide hit The Breeze and I. She could sing in 12 languages.
In 1986 she celebrated her 50th year as an entertainer and was saluted by her peers in a televised tribute titled "Bravo Caterina". The Guinness Book of World records awarded her on this occasion by including her in the list of record breaking artists as Europe's most successful female recording artist, having recorded more than 1350 records.
She starred in 12 European movies, all musicals; she dances, and is a virtuoso on the guitar, having strummed the instrument in an orchestra when only a teen-ager. Valente is a true world citizen and a polyglot, having sung in twelve different languages.
Today after 65 years in the business she takes it easier enjoying her homes, having more time for her friends, traveling as a tourist to all the countries she has worked in and getting a kick out of finally having the time to enjoy and appreciate the work of her colleagues.