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Date of Birth 13 September 1922Cajamarca, Peru
Date of Death 1 November 2008Silver Lake, California, USA  (colon cancer)
Birth NameZoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo
Nickname The Peruvian Songbird

Mini Bio (1)

Known for her astonishing 4 1/2 octave vocal range, Yma Sumac (AKA Ima or Imma Sumack) is from Ichocán, Peru, a town high in the Andes. From an early age she performed in radio and movies and made recordings throughout South America. She came to the United States in the 1940s and performed with a small group of musicians and dancers. When she signed with Capitol Records in 1950 her stage name's spelling was changed to the more exotic "Yma Sumac." An urban legend that she is really "Amy Camus," a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn, originated in 1951 with a joke among musicians repeated in one of Walter Winchell's gossip columns. She has acted in several films and stage shows, and continued to perform into the 1990s. She lives in Los Angeles and has been contemplating new releases of recordings of her most recent concerts.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott Marshall <ScottMarshall@aol.com>

Spouse (1)

Moises Vivanco (6 June 1942 - 1957) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (5)

Her album "Voice of the Xtabay" launched a period of fame that included performances at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall.
She claimed to be a descendant of the Incan emperors, since her mother's maiden name, Atahualpa, was the same as the last Incan ruler. Sumac wore colorful robes with gold and silver to convey the image of a princess.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6445 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Her classic recording of "Malambo No. 1" opens the 2009 AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Michael Douglas.
Living in Beverly Hills, concert tours, and recording a new album. [July 1997]

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