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BUENO, Delora

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BUENO, Delora. (Dubuque, IA, 1925--Port St. Joe, Florida, Apr. 2, 2012). "Brazilian from Dubuque." Janet Bueno, known professionally as "Delora Bueno," was the featured singer at Washington D.C.'s annual Cherry Blossom Festival in April 1951, sharing the stage with famed band leader Paul Whiteman, and the Chiquita Banana spokesperson in New York City. She was also a featured singer at a posh hotel night club in the nation's capital.

Bueno's father came to the United States to study agriculture at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. It was there that he met and married Maude Smith.

The family moved to Iowa City were he taught Romance languages at the University of Iowa. Bueno taught briefly at the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE before taking his family, including his three-year-old daughter, back to Brazil where his parents had coffee plantations.

In 1944, she enrolled in the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City where she earned a degree in voice and piano. In 1950, she married Samuel Taylor Tuthill, and had two daughters, Sylvia and Sandra. From then on, she had a prominent career as a stage singer, musical entertainer, and teacher, both in the United States and Brazil.

Delora Bueno was a featured singer and pianist on a program carried by the DuMont Television Network from March 10, 1949, until May 5, 1949. "Flight to Rhythm," set in "Club Rio," premiered ten days later and again featured Bueno.

In 2006, she moved back to the United States and continued to entertain at the Beacon Hill Retirement Center in Port St. Joe, Florida




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