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Born Haydée Nélida Menta
19 June 1934
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died 9 May 1982 (aged 47)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Occupation Dancer & Actress
Spouse Eber Lobato (m.1955–div.1962)
Partner Victor Laplace
Nélida Lobato, born Haydée Nélida Menta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈneliða loˈβato]; 19 June 1934 – 9 May 1982), was an Argentinian dancer, vedette, model and actress.
She began her career at 18 years old in an LR3 Radio Belgrano Televisión programme, showing her dance talent. Later, when Buddy Day, owner of the Bim-Bam-Bum in Santiago, Chile, allowed her to star in his theatre. Despite her small stature, she had sex appeal and was noted for her exuberance on stage. In 1955, she was a ballet dancer in Alfredo Alaria’s dance company. She replaced dancer Eber Lobato’s sister (his first dance partner); 15 days after starting the relationship, Eber asked for her marriage. Eber became a choreographer and began to improve her career.
She starred in the show at the legendary Lido de Paris, France in Champs-Elysées, after appearing in Las Vegas, where her show lasted almost five years. In Buenos Aires, she starred in several “revistas” (variety shows) and played ‘Roxie Hart’ in the original Buenos Aires version of the musical Chicago.
She separated from Eber Lobato in 1962 after she had suffered a miscarriage. They carried on working together until 1967 when he remarried.
In 1965, she starred in the 1964 exploitation film Scream of the Butterfly directed by Eber Lobato, co-starring Mary Leona Gage, Nick Novarro and Richard Beebe.
She later became the partner of Víctor Laplace, an acclaimed Argentinian film actor. After being threatened by the Triple A, she accompanied him into exile when he left Buenos Aires.
She died of cancer in 1982.
Film/TV Year Note
El Calavera 1954 Argentinian Movie.
El satélite chiflado 1956 Argentinian Movie.
Venga a bailar el rock 1957 Argentinian Movie.
Mientras haya un circo 1958 Argentinian and Chilean film production.
Nubes de humo 1959 Argentinian and Peruvian film.
Historia de jóvenes 1959 Argentinian television.
Andy Rusell Show 1960 USA television.
El show de Antonio Prieto 1961 Argentinian television.
Sábados Gigantes 1964 Chilean television.
Scream of the Butterfly 1965 USA film, with Nick Novarro, Richard Beebe, Robert Miller.
Sábados Circulares con Mancera 1966 Argentinian television.
El Show de Nélida Lobato 1969 Chilean television.
Juani en sociedad 1969 Chilean television.
Blum 1970 Argentinian film.
El mundo de Nélida Lobato 1971 Television series.
El mundo del espectáculo 1971 Television programme.
Alta comedia 1971 Television series.
Maipazo 1972 Maipo Theatre, Buenos Aires.
Argentinísima 1972 Argentinian musical film.
Rolando Rivas, taxista 1972 Argentinian telenovela.
Escándalos 1973 El Nacional Theatre, Buenos Aires.
Almorzando con Nélida Lobato 1973 Television programme.
El gran Marrone 1974 Television programme.
Porcelandia 1974 Television programme.
El Maipo… es el Maipo (y el 74 es Nélida Lobato) 1974 Maipo Theatre, Buenos Aires.
Fantástico: O Show Da Vida 1975 Brazilian television.
El show de Eber y Nélida Lobato 1976 Television programme.
La revista de esmeraldas y diamantes 1977 Comedy, with Tato Bores and Moria Casán, Maipo Theatre, Buenos Aires.
Chicago 1977 Musical, with Ambar La Fox, National Theatre, Buenos Aires.
300 millones 1978 Spanish television.
El tío Porcel 1978 Television programme.
La Fiesta de todos 1979 Argentinian movie.
Así como nos ven 1979 Argentinian television comedy series.
Lunes gala 1979 Chilean television.
Segunda Teletón 1979 Chilean television.
Érase otra vez… Nélida Lobato 1980 Teatro Cómico, Buenos Aires.
Konex Platinum award 1981 Awarded Best of Argentinian spectacle.
La gran noche 1981 Chilean television.
Noche de gigantes 1981 Chilean television.
La Mariposa 1982 Maipo Theatre, her last show.