Friday, 31 October 2014

1963 - Coccinelle - Nico Fidenco - Dalida

Coccinelle was a sensation in São Paulo in March 1963 when trans-sexuals were not as common as today. She even had the nerve to say she'd become pregnant and people believed the articles published in the popular press.

I had a class-mate at school called Amândio who told me he had watched Coccinelle's show late at night on Channel 7 - TV Record. He was so aroused about Coccinelle's performance he could not help but  jerk-off in front of the TV set.

Coccinelle performs in São Paulo in March 1963.
Coccinelle on the cover of Manchete 30 March 1963. 

Coccinelle nasceu Jacques Dufresnoy em 23 Agosto 1931, em Paris, mas viveu em Marsella desde os 15 anos.

Em 1958 ficou famosa por se submeter a uma vaginoplastia em Casablanca, no Marrocos. Não foi a primeira trans-sexual a se submeter a uma operação para troca de sexo, mas foi a mais famosa devido as atividades artísticas. No início simplesmente adaptou seu nome para Jacqueline-Charlotte Dufresnoy, mas mudou, depois, para Coccinelle.

Cantora, estreou em 1953 em 'Chez Madame Arthur', célebre cabaret parisiense com uma canção de Danielle Darrieux extraída do filme 'Premier rendez-vous'.

Coccinelle chegou a atuar no famoso Olympia e no El Casino. Depois de aparecer no filme 'Europa di notte' ficou famosa no mundo inteiro.

Na Argentina, em 1962, participou do filme 'Los viciosos', de Enrique Carreras, onde aparecia brincando com bonecas. Aí alguém lhe perguntava: 'Mas v. não acha que é muito grande para brincar com bonecas?' Coccinelle respondia: 'É que faz pouco tempo que me tornei menina'.

Além desses dois filmes, ainda participou de 'Interpol Attaque' e 'Les Don Juans sur la Côte d'Azur', além de gravar muitos discos.

Casou-se em 1960, 1963 e em 1996.

Coccinelle morreu em Marsella em 9 Outubro 2006, aos 75 anos, depois de passar varios meses hospitalizada devido a um Acidente Cerebro-Vascular, popularmente conhecido como 'derrame'.

Quatro livros sobre o famoso trans-sexual: 'Coccinelle es él', de Mario A. Costa [1963], 'Los Travestis', por Jacques-Louis Delpal [1974]; "Coccinelle por Coccinelle' (sua autobiografía), e em 2001, 'Montmartre Beaux jours... et belle de Nuit', de Jacqueline Strahm.

Coccinelle, famous for having a sex-change operation.


1963

Coccinelle                          March 26 to 29
Duke Hazlett *                     as 31st of March becomes April the 1st.
Rosanna Picchi (puppets on strings) April 18 to 28
Josephine Baker                 May 28 to 31
Vittorio Gassman                 May 29 to June 1st at Theatro Municipal
Opera Chinesa                    June 2 to 6 at Theatro Municipal
Karmon Israeli Dancers        June 18 to 23
Nouvelle Eve                       June 28 to July 14 at Theatro Paramount
Romeira                              July 3 to 21
Maurice Chevalier               August 12 & 14
Roy Hamilton                       September 2 to 8
Shoshana Damari                 September 2 to 8
Antonio Prieto                    September 9 to 15
Raul Solnado                       September 9 to 15
Nico Fidenco                      September 16 to 22
Norma Herrera                      September 16 to 22
Dalida                                  September 23 to 29
Emilio Pericoli                    December 3 to 9

Duke Hazlett (a Sinatra impersonator) on the cusp of 31st of March 1963 to 1st of April 1963 - Fool's Day. 

TV Record brass in the person of Paulinho Machado de Carvalho - his father Paulo had built TV Record from scratch - shot themselves in the foot when they devised a prank to play on the public at large.

As a certain Brazilian middle-class yearned for a Frank Sinatra visit which never eventuated because Sinatra's price was too high - Paulinho thought he'd play a joke on the public's fantasies. They advertised at most newspapers ads showing a silhouette of an artist wearing a hat that could easily pass as a Frank Sinatra image saying: 'He's finally coming'; 'He'll be here on 31st of March at the mid-night hour!'. Most people stayed up watching their TV waiting eagerly for Frank Sinatra to appear and probably sing 'Brazil'.

At the stroke of mid-night TV Record showed it was not a serious enterprise. It had misled everyone. It had laughed at people's gullibility and introduced Duke Hazlett, a second-rate Frank Sinatra impersonator Paulinho had signed in the USA through agent Eddie Elkort who worked with the General Artist Corporation of New York. It was just a Fool Day's prank on the credulous idiots that watched Channel 7.

P.S.  Essa lista foi apresentada pela própria TV Record por ocasião das comemorações de seu 10º aniversario de fundação em 1963.

Maurice Chevalier on the stage of Teatro Record on 12 & 14 Augsut 1963.
22 September 1963 - Norma Herrera from Mexico and Antonio Prieto from Chile were the Spanish-language performers who appeared at Teatro Record in 1963. 
29 September 1963 - France, with 4 performers tied with Italy... both countries with four attractions. It started the year with Coccinelle, a trans-sexual famous world-wide... Nouvelle Eve, the theatre troupe at Teatro Paramount in July; movie star & chansonier Maurice Chevalier in August and finally, Dalida in September.
1st December 1963 - as the last international attraction, Emilio Pericoli who had a Number One hit with 'Al di là' from the sound-track of 'Rome adventure' (Candelabro Italiano) was the 4th Italian in the year which started with Rosanna Picchi & her puppets, Vittorio Gassmann reciting in the Italian language, Nico Fidenco who had a # 1 hit with 'Legata a un granello di sabbia'... This was just a sample of what 1964 would bring... a total invasion of the Brazilian charts by Italian hits... 

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