Lissette Álvarez is a singer, songwriter and record producer from Peru. She is best known for recording a Spanish language version of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" in 1985. Early life, Lissette was born in 1949 in Lima, Peru, at a time when her parents, Cuban TV stars Olga Chorens and Tony Alvarez (Olga y Tony) were touring South America. Lissette made her first recording, the children's song "El Ratoncito Miguel", along with her parents when she was just five years old. (The song eventually became a hit.) The family lived in Havana. She and her sister were sent to live in the United States in the early 1960s through Operation Peter Pan, a US government sponsored program in conjunction with the Catholic Welfare Bureau that transported 14,000 Cuban children from Cuba to the United States. The scheme was devised for families opposed to the Cuban revolution of 1959, who feared that the government would indoctrinate their children into communism. After 3 years in the US, she and her sister were reunited with their parents in Miami and the whole family moved to Puerto Rico. Career, Lissette started her career in Puerto Rico as an adolescent, then later moved to Miami. She hosted her own shows in the Telemundo network in Puerto Rico for several years and did Emmy Award winning TV specials at Channel 10 and Channel 4 in Miami, Florida. Lissette had a successful recording career having more than 30 albums including 8 gold albums and 2 platinum albums. Lissette is an accomplished singer and songwriter that has produced most of her albums. She has received countless awards during her singing career, including a UNICEF award for her humanitarian work with children. In Latin America, she is known as: "an interpreter of romantic songs influenced by the ballad" (Cuban Music from A to Z, page 12). Family, She was first married to singer Chucho Avellanet. Together, they hosted El Show de Chucho y Lissette on Telemundo. Lissette is presently married to Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Willy Chirino. They reside in Miami. Support for democracy in Cuba, Lissette has supported Yo No Coopero Con La Dictadura (English: I Do Not Cooperate with the Dictatorship).
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