Rita Pavone, a 1960s Italian sensation, had her life changed by an encounter with Elvis Presley. Though less known in the US, she made her mark there, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show and performing with stars like Diana Ross and Paul Anka.

In 1962, she won a talent competition in Rome, thanks to her father’s persuasive letter to the organizer. Reflecting on her rise, Rita Pavone said, “You don’t have to dress like a woman to be a woman.” Her journey began with a letter and a dream, making her a legend in Italy and an unforgettable figure in music history. Though not a household name in the US, Rita Pavone’s talent left an indelible mark on the world.