Cuba gives emotional farewell to star Rosita Fornés
With applause, bravos! and numerous floral wreaths the Havana people gave the last goodbye to one of the most beloved figures of national culture, Rosita Fornés, buried this Tuesday in the family pantheon of the Colon Cemetery. The historic Martí Theater was the venue for the artist's funeral honors, in which, for decades, she starred in numerous zarzuelas, operettas and shows of other genres.
Hundreds of admirers arrived at the Marti Theater, respecting the measures taken due to the new coronavirus health emergency. In the TV coverage could be seen numerous floral wreaths, among them from Army General Rául Castro, First Secretary of the PCC and the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel .
Along her coffin, the Minister of Culture, Alpidio Alonso, the President of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Uneac), Luis Morlote, friends, colleagues, and family, stood in honor guards.
Her daughter, Rosa María Medel, thanked those present with emotion the expressions of love and admiration for the artist. "My mother, she said, played the symphony of life beautifully and passed into eternity."
Her talent, her versatility in art, her beauty and, above all, her human greatness, were lavishly praised by those who shared work and moments of life with the vedette, who also excelled, they noted, for her modesty, simplicity and kindness.
The historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal, highlighted "her character, her kindness, in the midst of such a strong personality, so loved by all generations, by all sectors of society."
In his opinion, Rosita Fornés "will remain in the memory of the Cuban people, who also pay tribute to a great Cuban who loved her country dearly, who never left her, who always had her heart set on her homeland."
The Havana population excitedly bode farewell to La Fornés, as the funeral procession passed through Prado, Malecón and 23 rd street on its way to the necropolis, where a private ceremony took place.
Her people, in addition, will render her a great ovation -like the one she received in each of her performances- at nine o'clock tonight, coinciding with the daily recognition made to health workers.
Rosalía Palet Bonavia, her real name, was born on February 11, 1923, in New York, to Spanish parents.Died on June 10, her remains arrived in Havana on the 15th, from the United States, in fulfillment of her last wish to rest in Cuba.