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Vargas, Chavela (1919-2012)  
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Vargas recorded over eighty albums. Among her most notable and cherished titles and interpretations are "Macorina," "La China," "La Llorona," "Luz De Luna," "Toda Una Vida," "Corazón Corazón," "Quisiera Amarte Menos," and "Volver Volver."

In November of 2000, the President of the Spanish government presented Vargas with "la Cruz de la Orden Isabel Católica," one of the most prestigious awards for artistic production.

This award, the singer declared, was testament to her vexed legacy, one that included her unapologetic persona and creative lesbian aesthetic.

In 2002, she appeared in Julie Traymor's biopic of Frida Kahlo, Frida, in which she hauntingly sang "La Llorona," or "The Crier."

Vargas pursued an active working life into her nineties. In 2011, she released a new album of GarcĂ­a Lorca's poems and appeared in concerts, singing from her wheelchair.

She died on August 5, 2012 in a hospital in Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted for heart and respiratory problems.

Miguel A. Segovia

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De Alba, Rebecca. "La 'leyenda negra' de Chabela Vargas." Diario Noroeste de Mazatlán (November 1, 2000).

EFE. "Chavela Vargas Clama Bienestar Social." Terra: arte y cultura (May 17, 2002).

Yarbro-Bejarano, Yvonne. "Crossing the Border with Chabela Vargas: A Chicana Femme's Tribute." Sex and Sexuality in Latin America. Daniel Balderston and Donna J. Guy, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2001. 33-43.


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    Entry Title: Vargas, Chavela  
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