Italian television producer and writer Maria Perego, one of the creators of the character Topo Gigio died on Thursday. She was 95 years old.
The news of the death was announced by his representative, Alessandro Rossi. "Everything happened suddenly. Until yesterday, at 6 in the afternoon, I was working on a thousand projects, but they called me from their house in Milan this afternoon, saying that they had felt bad. They called the ambulance, but she left first. " Rossi told the Italian media.
Rossi had worked with Perego for 25 years and saw her "as a mother". "I am sad because I couldn't say goodbye," he added.
Perego built a solid career as a television writer in Italy, but her career would only explode in 1959 when, together with her husband, Federico Caldura, she created "Topo Gigio", the innocent chubby big-eared mouse that won over children from all over the world. çŽºwžõon7ç§yÝ ÷ Óm: i§Ûå · ÛqíZyí4
Topo Gigio became an iconic puppet of Italian pop culture. It has also been successful in dozens of countries, including Brazil, where it premiered in 1969 on TV Globo's Mister Show, alongside humorist Agildo Ribeiro.
Nicknamed at first by singer Domenico Modugno and later by actor Peppino Mazzullo, the character has had a constant presence on international television ever since.
According to Rossi, Perego was working on a new Topo Gigio cartoon series that will soon premiere on the public broadcaster Rai.
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