This Wednesday, December 28, the 1980s mourn one of its icons. Linda De Suza, singer of Portuguese origin who arrived in France in the late 1960s, died at Gisors hospital after being admitted there for “respiratory failure” and when she was positive for Covid-19, according to a press release from her agent and her son. Died at 10:10 am at the age of 74, Teolinda Joaquina de Sousa Lança, of her real name, will have sold millions ofscrapbookmainly in France.
An exile in France to flee the Salazar regime
Born on February 22, 1948 in Beringel in the south of Portugalthe interpreter of theForeigner quickly had to flee a “tyrannical family” as well as the very conservative Salazar regime which did not tolerate “mother-daughters” like her. Arriving in France, she moved the country in 1984 during her appearance on the show Champs-Elysees by Michel Drucker where she recounts her journey across the French border with her son under her arm and with only a “cardboard suitcase” as her luggage. Sales of his autobiography The cardboard suitcase then fly away and take the singer who had already filled two Olympia, in 1983 and 1984, into another dimension.
However, the one who described herself as having gone “from chambermaid to woman of the world” had to face several disappointments from the 1990s. First accused by her family of having deliberately darkened her life, she then saw greatly diminish the affection of the public despite the success of a series adapted from his life. “There is no more a franc in my cardboard suitcase!” she will express in 1997 before adding: “Everyone has stripped me…”
In November 2015, the compilation My 40 Golden Songs is reissued. Between 2015 and 2017, Linda De Suza signed her last appearances on stage with the “Tender Age” tour, which brought together successful singers from the 1980s.