Violeta Parra

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Birthday
4, 1917
Birthplace
San Carlos, Chile
Death Date
Feb 5, 1967 (49)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
4, 1917
Birthplace
San Carlos, Chile
Death Date
Feb 5, 1967 (49)

About

Renowned Chilean folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and visual artist. She was a leading exponent of the Nueva canción chilena movement. Her life was the subject of the biopic "Violeta Went to Heaven" from 2011 that was directed by Andrés Wood.

Before Fame

She was politically active and a member of the Communist Party of Chile.

Trivia

She was only 49 when she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head.

Family Life

Her family was noted for their contributions to Chilean folk music, and her children also became folklorists.

Associated With

Her song "Gracias a la Vida" was made popular in the United States by Joan Baez.