Ad for Pigalle in St. Louis.
From the "artist/biography"
380 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor
born Barbara DeCosta, one of the liveliest singers to come along
in recent years, stands five feet eight inches and weighs one-hundred
and thirty-five pounds. She attended UCLA and speaks English Fluently.
is equally at home with a ballad, show tune, torch song or operatic
aria, as well as some clever special material. She sings in English,
French and Spanish and is remarkably adept in these languages.
many years of voice training, Miss DeCosta entered the concert field.
She made an extensive tour of the West Coasat where audiences and
critics alike acclaimed her exciting mezzo-soprano tone qualities.
her completion of this tour, Network executives vied for Barbara's
outstanding talents, and for one year, "The
Barbara DeCosta Show", sponsored by The Roper Stove
Co., was heard from coast-to-coast. This show, emanating from KLAC-TV,
Los Angeles, Calif., earned for Miss DeCosta the name, "Telegenic
with a dynamic personality and an ability to captivate an audience,
Barbara has been established as an outstanding entertainer in most
of the nation's leading night clubs and smart hotels.
her numerous radio and television appearances, Miss DeCosta has
completed successful engagements at such top spots as: Cafe Gala,
Bar Of Music, Latty Potter's, Victors and the Marquez, in Los Angeles,
Califnorina; The Chez Paree and Ruby Foo's in Montreal, and La Port
St. John in Quebec, Canada; the Esquire Room in Dayton, Ohio; the
Chez Ami in Buffalo, New York; and the Bachelor House in New York
Films has just completed a series of films starring Miss DeCosta.
"Let's Go Places" column by A.S. Kany talking about
the "Red Room":
Offered on the bill is Barbara De Costa, a tall, dark-haired beauty
from Guatemala, who gives sultry-voiced glitter to a variety of
numbers. To mention a few, "Why don't you Believe Me,"
"I Get a Kick Out of You" and some typically Spanish
numbers native to her land. In her lower register Miss De Costa
has some lucious tone quality."
"Amusements" column by Bill Barton in Variety:
the Red Room this week is an unusual variety show, featuring a
classical pianist and a beautiful Guatemalan singer. The pianist
is Samuel Shpargel, perforning on an $800 Baldwin Grand. ... The
singer is Barbara De Costa, whose good voice, better poise and
excellent flair for dramatics, make her appear to be on her way
to the top."