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Paula Rego

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 07 December 1997

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the artist Paula Rego. Born in Portugal, she was an only child, and spent her days sitting with the maids as they told tales around the kitchen table. Now she makes up stories about the people she knows and weaves them into her pictures. Like those early fairytales, her portraits always have a touch of danger about them. If you look the devil in the face, she says, face your fears and paint them - then they lose the power to scare you.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Da Me O Braco Anda Dai by Blanc/Barbosa
Book: Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Luxury: Pencil and paper

Music Played

8 items
  • Favourite Track

    • Image for Blanc/Barbosa

      Blanc/Barbosa Da Me O Braco Anda Dai

      Soloist: Amalia Rodrigues

      Amalia, EMI

    • Image for Bessie Smith

      Bessie Smith Gimme a Pigfoot

      Bessie Smith:The Collection, CBS

  • Image for Ike & Tina Turner

    Ike & Tina Turner River Deep, Mountain High

    River Deep, Mountain High, A&M

  • Image for Frank Churchill & Larry Morey

    Frank Churchill & Larry Morey Some Day My Prince Will Come

    Artist: Adriana Caselotti

    Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Pickwick Music

  • Image for Carmen Miranda

    Carmen Miranda Chica Chica Boom Chic

    South American Way, MCL

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Act 2 Aria (from Rigoletto)

    Soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Orchestra: Orchestra Del Tiatro Alla Scala

    Rigoletto, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Fred Astaire

    Fred Astaire Cheek to Cheek

    Fred And Ginger: The Story, Dejavu

  • Image for Bing Crosby

    Bing Crosby Well Did You Evah?

    Artist: Frank Sinatra

    Sinatra 80th All The Best, Capitol Records

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Paula Rego

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