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Maria Celeste Rebordão Rodrigues ComIH (14 March 1923 – 1 August 2018) was a Portuguese fadista (fado singer) and the younger sister of Amália Rodrigues.

Celeste Rodrigues
Background information
Birth nameMaria Celeste Rebordão Rodrigues
Born(1923-03-14)March 14, 1923
Fundão, Portugal[1]
Died1 August 2018(2018-08-01) (aged 95)
Lisbon, Portugal
Years active1951-2018
LabelsMovieplay, CoastCompany



After Carnation Revolution in 1974, she went to Canada for six months, where her only marriage to actor Varela Silva ended in divorce; then she moved to the USA. She commuted for many years between her two residences in Lisbon and Washington DC, where her two daughters live.[2]

Although she did not achieve nearly as comprehensive a career as her sister, she was able to achieve substantial fame in her own right (especially in Portugal itself) with recordings such as Lenda das Algas (Legend of the Algae), Já é tarde (It is already late) and the emblematic Fado Celeste achievements.


  • 2007 Fado Celeste (CD, CoastCompany)[1]


  • 1995 O Melhor dos Melhores n.º 55 (CD, Movieplay)[3]


  1. ^ a b "Personalidades: Celeste Rodrigues". Lisboa: Museu do Fado. November 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  2. ^ Catarina Rocha (2011-01-02). "Celeste Rodrigues". Portal do Fado. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  3. ^ "Catálogo - Detalhes do registo de "Celeste Rodrigues; O melhor dos melhores; 55"". Fonoteca Municipal de Lisboa. Retrieved 2016-03-20.