The Sergio De Karlo Project

Cuban entertainer extraordinaire Sergio De Karlo was a huge star on Broadway and in Hollywood, and enormously famous in Mexico during its Golden Age of cinema in the 1940s and 1950s.

Known as the Maestro of the Cuban Bolero, he composed more than 300 songs, mostly rumbas and boleros, and influenced the music of Cuba, Mexico and United States. Billboard Magazine named him "Artist of the Year" in 1942, the same year that President Roosevelt bestows upon him the honorary title of "Ambassador of Melody."

An actor, playwright, singer, dancer and impresario at large, Sergio was eagerly embraced by entertainment nobility of the day, working with greats such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Bing Crosby, Xavier Cugat and many others.

His extraordinary rise from obscurity as a young Cuban immigrant working as a dancer in Chinese restaurant in depression-era New York to becoming Hollywood star of the stage and screen is a riveting story in itself, but is rivaled by the many romances Sergio became famously known for.

It was no coincidence that he was asked to audition for the leading role in the picture "The Life of Rudolph Valentino", the superstar pop icon known as "The Latin Lover". Sergio was as dashing and suave as Valentino himself, even physically resembling him somewhat, and it was his good looks, fame and fortune that would sometimes act like a curse attracting throngs of beautiful women to his doorstep and beyond.

Married several times, Sergio would eventually succumb to this unyielding temptation yet again until finally meeting the woman who would still the troubadour's wanderlust.

When asked about his formula for success, he said, "I was rich, I was talented and I was good looking." Sergio was 99 years old when he died, he loving wife Jaunita by his side.