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Who was Carmen Barros? Cause of death, age, net worth, husband, children and more

Who was Carmen Barros?

Carmen Barros was a Chilean actress and singer of jazz, popular music, and opera who died on 21 December 2023.

In addition, she was a professor of acting perception, diction, and vocal projection, and a theater and opera director.

She was known for being the first to portray the character Carmela in the Isidora Aguirre play La pérgola de las flores [es] in 1960.

Cause of death

Carmen Barros’ cause of death, as confirmed by her son, was cardiac arrest.

Recognized as the “lady of musical comedy” and an essential figure in Chilean music, the artist was not only an actress, but also a singer, composer, theater director and diplomat. During an interview with Citizen DNA, expressed his gratitude for life: “I am a believer and I feel that great God put me here for something nice. While it is true, my life has not been a chocolate ice cream all the time, it gave me something that is very good.”

Carmen Barros
Carmen Barros died in December 2023, at the age of 98.


Carmen Barros died in December 2023, at the age of 98. She was born Carmen Aída Barros Alfonso on7 January 1925 in Santiago, Chile.

Carmen Barros was the elder of two siblings. Because of her father’s military profession, which caused him to be sent on missions in Germany, as well as to different garrisons in the country, Carmen never stayed more than seven months at one school. She lived between Santiago, other cities of the country, Peru, and Europe, and learned to speak German before Spanish.

However, she attended the French Nuns, a women’s college where she was the “wild card” of the course for any artistic competition involving dancing or acting.

When she was 14, her father was assigned as Chilean ambassador to Germany, and that change marked her life. It was 1940, and World War II was in full development. A lot of people Barros’ age that she met on this trip she never saw again; they joined Hitler’s army to colonize Europe and fell out of contact.

As a counterpoint, the cultural opportunities of Berlin influenced her future career: concerts, opera, theater; despite the horror of the war, that never changed. She tried to resume her basic education, in a German school, but could not stand being in a co-educational one, so she chose to retire and take private classes at home. However, she never finished her studies.

At age 19, Barros returned to Chile, but everything had changed. Santiago del Campo offered to let her sing on the radio and gave her the pseudonym Marianela. She had begun her career as a singer. She worked at Radio Agricultura, Corporación, and Minería.

In 1946, when a company of New York’s Metropolitan Opera House came to Chile with the Beethoven opera Fidelio, Barros was invited to participate. It was one of the great successes of the Municipal Theater. She was even invited to go to New York, but did not dare; she had been outside the country for too long.

Her brother was the one who spurred her interest in theater. He was an actor and creator of the Pocket Theater, and invited her to participate in the play Carlos y Ana, which she starred in. She also worked with Luis Alberto Heiremans [es], combining her talents for singing and the theater.

This continued until her father was named ambassador to Italy, and the dream vanished. She went to Italy with her husband and three children to see what happened there. She continued with her “operatic” work, went to live in Vienna, and was invited to take a leading role in the Opera of Brussels, Belgium.

However, her father was named chancellor and had to return home. She could never reconcile her dreams with distance. Although she endured another year without seeing her children, finally, and although her prospects were favorable, she returned to Chile in 1957.

Barros had the opportunity to become an international opera star. She entered the Trial Theater of the Catholic University [es] and was invited to participate in Esta Señorita Trini, which was the prelude to La pérgola de las flores.

She shared the stage with Silvia Piñeiro [es], Ana González, and many other actors, and starred as the first Carmela. Also in 1965 she had a musical group, Los Gatos, which was very successful. After the 1973 Chilean coup d’état, she went to Kenya and worked as a UN official for nine years. Then she returned to Chile and began appearing on television. Her first series was Los títeres (1984), which together with her role on El amor está de moda (1995) was her greatest pride.

Carmen Barros

Net Worth

Carmen Barros’ net worth is estimated to be around $1 million as of 2023.


Carmen Barros was married to Jaime Amunátegui Silva, a Chilean lawyer and diplomat.


Carmen Barros had three children: Jaime, Loreto, and Cristián Amunátegui Barros. Her son Jaime married Jacqueline Pinochet Hiriart, the daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on 24 January 1984 in Cerro Castillo.

The couple had two children: Sofía and Jaime Augusto Amunátegui Pinochet. In 2016, Barros told CNN Chile that Pinochet Hiriart “believed that I was a communist for being an artist.


As of now, the funeral date of the late Carmen Barros has not been disclosed by her family.

Having said that, we are still following up on her death, we will update you as soon as we get important information about Carmen Barros service.

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