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Welcome to the one and only Astrud Gilberto Website!

Please visit the Astrud Gilberto Store, where you will find many autographed items for sale, which include several of Astrud Gilberto CDs, including "Jungle", the artist latest recorded album.  As you may know, Astrud is also a fine arts artist; at the store you will find reproductions of original fine art work by Astrud Gilberto, including self-portraits. 

A portion of the sale of all items at the AG Store is donated by Astrud Gilberto to charities that benefit the welfare of animals.

All photos and all text depicted on this website are protected by copyright laws, and cannot be copied or reproduced without express written consent.

Regrettably, there is some unscrupulous exploitation of Astrud Gilberto's name and likeness on the Internet, as well as misinformation about her, including inaccurate or distorted "facts", sometimes posted as "biography"... Among the misinformation that one may find on the Internet about Astrud Gilberto is the story on how she was "discovered", how her career begun.  To read the true story, as told by Astrud, herself, click here

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"Animals - They Need Our Help!!!"  -  Be sure not to miss this essay by Astrud Gilberto about helping animals.  To read it, click here

Interview -  In an effort to provide Astrud Gilberto's fans with information, we have posted the transcript of an extensive informal interview with Astrud Gilberto, with questions posed by a group of personal friends.  If you would like to read it, please click here

Being Kind To All Living Beings -  Astrud Gilberto has joined His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pamela Anderson, Sir Paul McCartney, The Rev. Al Sharpton, The Black Eyed Peas, the late Richard Pryor, Phil Collins, Pink, and numerous other prominent public figures in supporting PETA's campaign against KFC's inhumane treatment of chickens. Click here  to read about Astrud Gilberto's support of PETA's campaign. 

"If it wasn’t for every drop of water, there wouldn’t be an ocean" - Briggite Bardot, animal rights activist

Helping Children, Helping Animals:  - "Please visit some of the charitable organizations' websites, listed below. They are all about helping needy children and animals, the most vulnerable of living beings. If you think that your contribution, because of its modesty, would be irrelevant, think again!   Your contribution, regardless of how little, combined with other contributions, becomes a giant force that has the power to make a difference in the betterment of their lives.  Thanks for your kind attention - Astrud Gilberto"

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Let's abolish the horrors of "Puppy Mills"!   -  If you love or have ever loved a dog, or simply if you cannot conceive the idea of inflicting pain and suffering on innocent creatures, please support the Puppy Mill Bill.  Yes, there is something you can do to stop the horrors that take place in puppy mills in the United States.  Please click here to learn of ways to support current efforts to abolish the horrific mistreatment and torture of puppies and dogs in the infamous Pennsylvania puppy mills.  Please click here and scroll down to "What you Can Do".

Click here  to watch a segment of a documentary by the TV Show "The Insider", titled "'Dog Whisperer' Cracks Down on Puppy Mills".  

Keep in mind that you can't change the whole world by adopting one animal, but you can make a better world  for that one animal.! - Astrud Gilberto

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Requests for Interviews:  Please take notice that Astrud Gilberto is not available for any interviews of any kind, as a result of a long standing policy adopted by the artist. This policy has been consistent and impartial, and is not intended to reflect judgment by Ms. Gilberto or by her management on the merits of any particular request, or on the party posing it.  Please be advised that no exceptions can be made.

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On April 18, 2011 Astrud Gilberto Wrote to Fans And To Animal Lovers:

 "Recently it came to my attention the fact that a picture of me wearing a fur coat has been posted on the website of the photographer who took the original photo. The gentleman in question had been my boyfriend for nearly four years, and it was in this capacity that this photo of me was taken by him, in 1979.  I want you all to know that I deeply and wholeheartedly regret having ever worn a fur garment.  Although I did not buy that coat, myself (as it had been given to me by an ex-spouse), I did wear it on occasion, but gradually grew more and more uncomfortable about owning it, and donated it to a charity benefiting the homeless.  The older Iíve gotten, the more it has become important for me to express myself against human cruelty to animals, so rest assured I was taken aback by the realization that this person has chosen to post this photo of me on the Internet, as the last thing I would want in this world would be for anyone to get the erroneous impression that I condone in any way the inhumane and barbaric practices of the fur industry.  The truth is that we have been desensitized to the term "fur", and so many of us accept the term as merely a type of fabric, not fully realizing that it is the skin of a (once) living being who has been entrapped, terrorized and killed in barbaric ways in order for a fur garment to be created.  Thank you for reading this.  Love, Astrud"

TO ALL OF MY FANS 

(a message by Astrud Gilberto)

I  thank you for your support - for buying my records, for coming to my concerts, for sending me affectionate and encouraging messages.  I have always been very conscious of what a privilege it is for me to find a bunch of you - friends - in all places where I have been in this world, offering to me your generous applause, your good vibes, and your radiant loving smiles.

Your love humbles me and I feel a great sense of gratitude to the Life Force for having bestowed upon me the capability of being able to transmit, with my 

singing, feelings of joy, spiritual warmth, or any other kind of positive effect on you. Your support of me has given me the badly needed strength to cope with the vicissitudes of the music business.  Your unconditional love has been unwavering, as it has endured the passing of several decades and, luckily for me, it even defies some of Showbiz' shallow rules such as an artist is only "successful" if and while having "hit" records and Media coverage.  I haven't had that in many years now, but yet you guys are, quietly, still there for me.  It is as if we have this "underground" love for each other...  What's even more gratifying for me, is to see that, along the way, I have acquired an additional generation of fans.  Actually, I don't like the word "fans" as much as I like "musically kindred spirits". 

Music is one of the most spiritual entities there is, and I can quite understand why is it that it is revered by ancient Chinese culture as one of the seven "happy gods".

Like your support of me, Music, itself, has been an inexhaustible source of warmth, spiritual strength, and companionship to me, whether I am listening to it, singing to an audience of thousands or to my two cats, and even when unconsciously humming to myself. 

So, similarly to what that song says, "I wish you bluebirds in the Spring", I wish you Music in the Spring (and in Summer, Winter and Fall... )

In closing, let me address those of you who are inclined to share your material good fortunes with the less fortunate, and ask you to consider making a donation to any or all of my "favorite" charitable organizations as listed below, with the added comment that the lack of mention of thousands of other charitable organizations (too numerous to cite) is not, in any way, meant to diminish their merits.  Even the wealthiest of people cannot contribute to all worthy causes...  I am particularly fond of charities that benefit children and animals, because they are, in my opinion, the most vulnerable of living beings.  If you are not prepared to make a "straight" donation, perhaps you would consider purchasing one of the articles for sale that you may find by browsing their websites, which will also be a valuable way of helping them in the pursuit of their causes. 

(Click on the name to go to their website):

Stop Animal Tests
Hearts United For Animals
Children's Hunger Relief Fund
Animal Law Coalition
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Dapphy's Pet Soup Kitchen
The Smile Train
Sanctuary and Safe Haven for Animals
National Wildlife Federation
HaitiChildren.com 
World Society for the Protection of Animals
Tabby's Place (a sanctuary for cats)
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 
In Defense of Animals
United Poultry Concerns
Blind Cat Rescue
Lucky Parrot
Children's Hunger Fund
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Last Chance for Animals

Help Afghan Children
New England Anti-Vivisection Society
Save the Children
Elephants.com
Unicef
Farm Sanctuary
Rock the Ranch
Shriner's Hospitals for Children
Puppymill Rescue
Iraqi's Children Project
Animal Protection Institute
Noah's Ark Animal Foundation
Doctors Without Borders
Mercy for Animals
The Performing Animal Welfare Society
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Humane Farmers Association (HFA)
Feed the Children
Blue Voice
The United States Agency for International Development
Pets Alive
Compassionate Kids
Dream Catchers Equine Rescue
CARE
North Shore League America

The Salvation Army
Primarily Primates
International Justice Mission
United Animal Nations
International Fund for Animal Welfare
World Vision
Helen Woodward Animal Center
Children of the Night

Equine Advocates, Inc.
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Humane Society of the United States
Forgotten Cats

Women for Women International

I hope and pray that you will consider giving a home to a homeless pet, and I ask you to please support animal shelters in your area, regardless of whether or not you are currently in a position to adopt a homeless pet.

Here's an organization that can be very helpful for you to find a homeless pet to become the lucky one to come to its "forever home" with you: click here

Please be sure to click here for more links to charities benefiting animals.

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"Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." -  Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher.

 

As stated atop, this is the only "official Astrud Gilberto's website".  I would like to expressly reiterate to you that I am not responsible for, nor have I given my approval to any other website posing as mine, nor to any biographical information about me other than what has been posted here. 

Be good and be happy!              

     Love,

     Astrud Gilberto

 

"P.S.: To those of you who wish to know a little bit more about me, here it is:

-  One of the most powerful passions of my life is and has been my love for animals. I respect, admire and cherish their presence on this planet.  I love them all.  But, I must confess... I have a weakness for cats... (Take a look at my beautiful Mascots, Precious and Jera)
-  I'm an Aries.
-  Favorite flowers:  gardenias and daisies.
-  Favorite color:  none; I love them all.
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-  My favorite perfume:  Fracas, by Robert Piguet.
-  Qualities I most admire:  kindness, unpretentiousness, intelligence, sense of humor, simplicity.
-  Here are a few examples of contemporaneous people I admire:  Dr. Wayne Dyer, Nelson Mandella, President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Ingrid E. Newkirk (President of PETA), Queen Noor, Dr. Bernard Kouchner (founder of "Doctors Without Borders"), and Angelina Jolie, for their contributions to the promotion of peace and to the betterment of life in this world.  I also profoundly admire any and all persons who contribute to charities, whether publicly or anonymously, and those who do or have done volunteer work in any capacity, to ease the suffering of all living beings.

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"Absolute truth is indestructible. Being indestructible, it is eternal. Being eternal, it is self-existent. Being self-existent, it is infinite. Being infinite, it is vast and deep. Being vast and deep, it is transcendental and intelligent. It is because it is vast and deep that it contains all existence. It is because it is infinite and eternal that it fulfills or perfects all existence." -  Confucius

 

 

 

 
 

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All graphics on this website by Astrud Gilberto, except for the "Sun" on this page, by Katryna Elise (Astrud Gilberto's granddaughter)