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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College. In the evening I write children's books, satire, and "how to" manuals ("Mel's ten tips). I'm co-founder of Ourboox and married to Ourboox CEO Shuli Sapir-Nevo. אני סופר, ממציא, מרצה, מוזיקאי
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Girl from Ipanema – The Real Story

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Artwork: Cover By Victoria Sara Dazin

We all know the famous song called the “Girl from Ipanema”, or in the Portuguese “Garota de Ipanema”. The one that goes, “Tal and tan and young and lovely” if you speak English, or “Olha que coisa mas linda” in the original Portuguese. If you are one of the few people on earth who has not heard the song, or want to hear it again, here is one of the original videos with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto.



People think that the story originated in the Ipanema neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.

They will tell you that Vinicius de Moraes came up with the idea while he watched (probably “ogled” is a better term) the tall lovely Carioca teenager Helô Pinheiro walking down the street in Ipanema to buy her Mom cigarettes.

Leblon and Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

But I thought you should know the true story.

The idea for the song came from an Israeli guy named Yossi Garvaniya.

He was vacationing after his army service on an island called Penida, in Bali.

Nusa Penida, in Bali

While he was on Penida Island, he saw the beautiful young acress Audrey Hepburn walking down the beach and fell madly in love with her. He didn’t know who she was.

Audrey Hepburn. All rights reserved to Victoria Sara Dazin 2015

Audrey Hepburn was there filming a documentary on James Michener’s South Pacific. She didn’t give him the time of day.

Audrey Hepburn screentest in Roman Holiday trailer

Several months later Yossi was on 43rd street in Manhattan, watching the movie “My Fair Lady”.

Suddenly, he saw Audrey Hepburn on the screen.

“Hey, he shouted, it’s the Girl from Ee Panida (ee is Hebrew for island).”

Vinicius Morius was sitting in the movie theatre two rows behind him.

And that, my friends, is how the song was really born.

my fair lady

In my next book, I will tell the world who the Mona Lisa really was. Stay tuned for more amazing true stories of the world!!


Thank you for reading my book!

If you like it, you might also want to read:

Zebaraya, the Singing Zebra

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