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Motto: "When we are young, we struggle to make a name for ourselves.
Becoming mature, we must use the
name in helping others"...
Margareta Paslaru

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                                                        Photo: Amarjit Sidhu



                                       Photo: Daniel Vrabioiu



       Photo: Cristina Tudor

 Margareta Paslaru, Nicolas Cage, Leslie Hawke, Mrs Cage and son

Margareta was invited at the Charitable Ball


Source: Cotidianul.ro - Sunday, 31 October 2010 (excerpt)
 
Halloween Ball has gathered 500,000 euros
(...) The famous actor, winning an Oscar for her role in "Leaving Las Vegas / Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), became aware of social injustices after starring in "War Lord / trafficker of arms", together Ethan Hawke, son of Leslie Hawke .(...) "The problem of children who have an uncertain future is not only a Romanian problem, is an international one, affecting many countries."- Actor Nicolas Cage

 

 
(...) Valeriu Nicolae, on behalf of Roma and minorities within the Center for Policy, presented awards on behalf of the European personalities who were involved in the national campaign "School makes you BIG." Among them were the Andreea Esca, Andreea Marin, Margareta Paslaru, Dana Deac and Cristian Mungiu.  

 Margareta Paslaru Honorary Red Cross Volunteeris the initiator of "The Food Bank" in Romania

"If music feeds the soul, the Food Bank nourishes 
the bodies of those in need
"
                                                                          Margareta Paslaru


 

Invited at Bookfest 2010 in Bucharest, living legend Margareta Paslaru, named by Mateescu Publisher "the Baccarat Crystal of Romanian Pop Music" meets with fans of different generations, signing autographs on her CDs, movies on DVD, audio-books, and posters.

ource: StiriONG.ro  25-05-2010

What do Andreea Esca, Horia Brenciu,Margareta Paslaru, Ethan Hawke and Strada Pangarati have in common?

They are all featured in Ovidiu Rom's 2010 "Scoala te face mare" public service announcements, directed by Cristian Mungiu Thursday, May 27, at 10 am, Ovidiu Rom will launch the second year of our long-term public awareness campaign, “Scoala te face mare”. The event will take place at Cinema Pro at Piata Universitatii in Bucharest.
Last week the LA Times reported that "Romanians can't make a bad film. It's, like, illegal in their country." Two of the directors who inspired such remarkable kudos directed the 2009 PSAs: Cristian Mungiu, the Cannes Palme d'Or winner of 2007 and Radu Muntean. Ovidiu Rom helps schools and communities successfully integrate impoverished children into the education system at an early age. Fiecare Copil in Scoala (“Every Child in School”) is a national initiative to enroll every child in kindergarten by the age of five and see them advance successfully through high school graduation.
 

Source: See News - March 25 2010


American Chamber of Commerce in Romania - People for People Award Gala 2010 - Mar 15, 2010 - 


People for People Award Gala Winners in 2010:

• The best public volunteering campaign: Romanian Red Cross for “Food Bank”.



Margareta Paslaru is helping Haiti's victims raising funds through UNICEF & Realitatea TV Teledon, January 24th 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photos Silviu Covaci, Anca Sabau


Margareta Paslaru was honored  with the "Person of the Year" Diploma of Excellence when touring Israel in December 2009, at Beit Zionei America Hall in Tel Aviv
                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos Dr. Flavia Rosenberg


Margareta Paslaru imported the concept of the Food Bank from New Jersey to Romania. Thanks to the Romanian Red Cross, who named her an Honorary Member in 2000, the proposal took root. So far, over 30 tons of food have been donated through  partners, collaborators and shared generosity, ready to be delivered to the needy.

                                     Photos: Svetlana Sabau

Margareta Paslaru sings her own composition "Autumn, spare me your green trees" (lyrics Ana Blandiana) 
at the Romanian Red Cross Gala 2009, along side the Allegretto Children's Group. 

                                                                                                                                                         "If music feeds the soul, the food bank 
                                                                                                                                                             nourishes the bodies of those in need" 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Margareta Paslaru

 

                                                                                                                                                                     Photos: Silviu Covaci


Photos: Silviu Covaci


                                                                                                                                                                           Photos: Silviu Covaci, Esmeralda Minca, Emili Nicolae 


Photo:  Mihai Diaconu

Photo: Anca Sabau

Photo:  Mihai Diaconu

Margareta Paslaru was invited at Craiova City to launch a new  CD "The joy of singing"  March 2009


Source: EVENIMENTUL ZILEI, 11 December 2008 

Beligan and Manolescu, awards of excellence "Ten for Romania". 
Ten personalities of culture, politics and showbiz will receive tomorrow at Gala "Ten for Romania" reality TV, awards of excellence. 

Will be honored for their work actors Radu Beligan, Gheorghe Dinică and Marin Moraru, critic Nicolae Manolescu, Olympic champion Alina Dumitru and singers Margareta Paslaru, Angela Similea and Corina Chiriac. Gala will begin at 18:30 at the Athene, in the presence of over 700 guests. Invited as guest of honor is Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor of America ", who managed the crisis triggered in New York after the tragedy of the World Trade Center. The hosts are Mihai Tatulici and Melania Medeleanu."

Margareta Paslaru singing on stage at the
Romanian Athene December 12, 2008

Trophy of Excellence for Margareta Paslaru
at Annual Gala "10 for Romania" - Dec. 12 2008


Students from Galati City came to Bucharest for Margareta's autograph

Margareta Paslaru celebrating Radio Romania's 80th birthday  

Margareta is giving authographs on old
 and new CD
" The joy of singing"

    Photos : Anca Sabau


Source: GARDIANUL - 11-30- 2008


 

"Radio Awards Romania 80: Moment of silence in memory of Pittis 
(excerpt)

Journalists, writers and actors were among the personalities awarded by Radio Romania, on Tuesday evening. "Radio Awards Romania 80", an event celebrating the public station, has been granted "friends" radio. The event was one of those marking 80 years since the founding of the Romanian 
Society for Radiodifuziune (SRR). 

The special gift received by "friends" included a degree Anniversary Radio Romania 80, a stamp and a silver coin, both launched on Tuesday. "I'm kind 
of a founding member of the theater and radio, have to admit that for decades was the best school for actors," said actor Radu Beligan, confessed that 
due to public radio station he lived "the most wonderful day" in his life, in Sibiu, where he met a blind fan, who recognized his voice from the radio. 

And Victor Rebengiuc, of Radio Romania associated with acting. "I owe my career to radio," said the actor. Among the "friends" of Public radio, artists receiving awards at Radio Romania 80, were singers Margareta Paslaru and Gregory Lese, panpipe singer Gheorghe Zamfir and musicologist Viorel Cosma.

Fotografii: Lucian Nastase

Source: EVENIMENTUL ZILEI - Wednesday, September 24, 2008

By Raluca Moisa (excerpt)

Margaret Pâslaru in vogue 50 years after the debut

A perfect professional

On the anniversary, held Monday evening at UCMR, Margaret Pâslaru was homaged by the greatest names of Romanian pop music and, in return, she homaged those present. "I am celebrating YOU," she said emotionally, before reading a list of 60 composers who wrote music for her. "But I better sing now," she added, after which she interpreted a capella, the song "my poor heart", accompanied by the entire audience singing along. Prof. Dr. Viorel Cosma (debate moderator), Elizabeth Bostan, Ana Blandiana, Temistocle Popa, Aura Urziceanu, Cornel Constantiniu, Cornel Fugaru, or Ionel Tudor are just some of those who were next to Margaret Pâslaru at this celebration. The guests have shared memories and gave speeches that evoked her singing career and performance. "After she went over the Ocean and continued there, returned home as if would never be missing, as she was always here with us. In her career there was not a rift, "said Ana Blandiana poet, author of the great hit lyrics " Let me, autumn the trees green. "

"Margareta is a great, great artist. I felt like this since when I first handed the roles in the movie "Veronica", "said Elizabeth Bostan, the director of " Veronica " series. "She is perfect in terms of training" have completed the artist's portrait, writer Aurel Storin. Representatives of younger generation, including Oana Sarbu or Claudiu Mirică have payed homage by performing greatest hits, to the celebrated singer.


 

Source:  REALITATEA ROMANEASCA - July 1, 2008 
  
by Mireille-Astrid Popa (excerpt) 

Last night, at the Grand Hotel Rhine, were awarded prizes at the Gala " Celebrities of the Year - Celebrities Trophy " organized by Mihaela Serban. (...) Evaluation criteria were the following: value, popularity, recognition, social involvement, studies, authenticity, professional achievements. They were taken by 28 journalists who belong to the following publications: Realitatea Romaneasca, Romania Libera, Compact, ITV, Story, Spy, Click, Jurnalul National, Curierul, Joy, BBC, Star, Soc, Zau, Glamour, morning, Bucharest Night , Trend, Cronica Romana, Confidential, Viva, Mediafax, Rompres, Unica, Satellite TV.(...) Celebrities of the Year Gala was made possible by Ennis and TVR Agency, in partnership with Rin Grand Hotel, Romanian Lottery, Sevda - Jewelry.
- Culture: Adrian Iorgulescu, Minister of Culture 
-Journalism: Gabriela Vranceanu-Firea
- 50 years from the debut, Award of Excellence: Margareta Paslaru
- Medicine: Award of Excellence Prof. Univ. Dr. Viorel Panaitescu and others.



Nana Mouskouri at UNICEF Gala 

Source: Stars Street
Sunday May 11,2008

Unicef Gala 2008 gathered at a place many personalities. Among those who responded to those who wanted to make campaign donations, "Friend of Children's Hospital" were President Traian Basescu, Teo Trandafir, Cristian Mungiu, Angela Gheorghiu, Robert Turcescu, Gabriela Vranceanu Firea, Mariana Bitang, Octavian Belu, Margareta Paslaru, Mihai Constantin. Special guestwas renown artist Nana Mouskouri.


2008 - Celebrating 50 years from her debut on TVR 1, the National Television

Mihai Bisericanu, Margareta Paslaru, Iuliana Tudor, Ricky Dandel

Margareta Paslaru and conductor Nicolae Botgros

Photo: Aurel Baboi




Margareta Paslaru invited at the Geniali show, 
three hours dedicated to her career on Christmas Day 2007



2007 -A few costumes created by Margareta Paslaru 
over the years


Source: The Diplomat - December 2007 (excerpt) 

(...) Taking on the role of promoting child protection measures in Romania has not been an easy job for UNICEF chief representative Pierre Poupard, but at least it has been an intensely rewarding experience, as UNICEF goodwill ambassador Andreea Marin and national icon Margareta Paslaru  bid farewell to the diplomat, who is now posted to Geneva. 

Source: Media Center 

Margareta Pâslaru in the Benefit of Children 

On Friday, November 23, 2007, at the “Gaudeamus” Book Fair, TVR Media launched the DVD "Margareta Pâslaru in the Benefit of Children". Produced by TVR Media together with UNICEF Romania, this DVD is an absolute premiere a selection of representative songs by Margareta Pâslaru and of video moments from the period 1964 – 2006. The DVD also includes a song for children, sung with the Alegretto group of children. The income from the sale of the DVD will be donated to UNICEF, for the rehabilitation of a kindergarten for children with disabilities.



It can be ordered at: www.tvrmedia.ro



Margareta Paslaru is receiving her Star, in Mangalia-Romania
                                    foto Robert David ALDACO Film

Source: ALL MOLDOVA 
 
Info-Prim Neo 
03.07.2007
(excerpt)

An avalanche of stars will attend “Callatis” Music Festival, to take place between 9 and 15 July in the Romanian resort Mangalia. For a week, all the VIPs of the Romanian show biz will perform on the stage: Loredana, Proconsul, Nico, Talisman, Pro Consul, Simplu, and many others.
A special evening will feature such renowned artists as Margareta Paslaru, Mirabela Dauer and Angela Similea.


Source: Hot News.ro - Archive - 12-03-2007

RADIO ROMANIA music awards

The public radio station  RADIO ROMANIA ACTUALITATI has awarded last night 15 prizes for the best musical performances and artists in 2006. The final chart has been established by the public radio`s musical department taking into account the public`s preferences over the last year. Among winners there was Mihai Traistariu awarded Best Male Voice and Artist of the Year, whereas Holograf Band has gathered three awards: Best Rock Male Vocalist, Best Pop Rock Album and Most Broadcast Album of the Year. Ex-member of Mandinga Band, Elena Gheorghe, was awarded Best Female Voice of the Year, whereas singer Margareta Paslaru received the Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award.

12-03-2007 20:22

Source: CEE/CIS (excerpt)

Gala Telethon for UNICEF

Over 670,000 Euros already raised in benefit of children with disabilities in Romania

BUCHAREST, 23 February 2007 - The national television channel (TVR), in partnership with UNICEF Romania, hosted a star-studded show on 17 February 2007, marking 60 years of UNICEF’s global presence.  (...) Among the celebrities at the Gala who made themselves available to respond to phone calls were Daciana Sirbu, Victor Ponta, Mona Musca, Mioara Mantale prefectul de Bucuresti, Dna Monica Macovei, Ministrul Justitiei, Dna Anca Boagiu, Ministrul Integrarii, Cristian Topescu, Gabriela Szabo, Mariana Bitang, Octavian Belu, Ionut Lupescu, Violeta Beclea, Doina Melinte, Florin Segarceanu, Ion Tiriac, Marcel Pavel, Horia Moculescu, Ovidiu Lipan Tandarica, Mugurel Vrabete, Tino Furtuna, Margareta Paslaru, Ducu Bertzi, Stefan Banica Jr., Loredana Groza, Mariana Nicolesco, Zina Dumitrescu, Emilia Popescu, George Ivascu, Maia Morgenstern, Florin Piersic Jr., Cornel Nistorescu, Matilda Pascal Cojocarita, Sofia Vicoveanca and a series of TVR stars including Cosmin Prelipceanu, Iuliana Tudor, Sanda Nicola, Monica Ghiurco, Malvina Cervenschi, Albertina Lungu, Adriana Titieni along with many others. (...)

Photo: Aurel Baboi

At UNICEF Gala 60,  Margareta Paslaru has performed her own song - music & lyrics - "Our Day, Children's Day"

                         Congratulations to the Allegretto chorus and the music teacher Adriana Codreanu


Silvia Balea - director of "Le Latina" movie theater in Paris,  Margareta Paslaru actress and singer, and, movie critic Magda Mihailescu, presenting "Veronica" by Elisabeta Bostan.
Source: Paris Info - February 2007

Le Paris du cinéma roumain ! (Romanian cinema in Paris)

On the occasion of the entry of  Romania into the European Union, come and discover the promising generation of Romanian film makers at the Latina cinema, and a whole series of events on the theme of Romanian culture! On the programme: - 2 programmes of short Romanian films, a programme of short Moldavian films and 3 programmes of documentaries – a special evening, with the presence of Mari-José Nat and Pierre Brice, devoted to the film « Les Daces », péplum roumain co-produced in 1966 with France - « Veronica », musical film for children screened, in the presence of actress and singer Margareta Paslaru – the first films of Radu Mihaileanu, director of « Va, vis et deviens », President of honour of the festival. – a tribute to the actress Luminita Gheorghiu, nominated best actress in a second role by the Los Angeles press for her role in La Mort de Dante Lazarescu.


Source: 
Libertatea
- Thursday 21 December 2006 
By  Tatiana Solomon (fragment)

The third annual "Women of Success" Gala that took place Tuesday night at the Parliament Palace was organized by Cosmopolitan Models and "You & Me" and brought together numerous VIPs from all areas, from Andreea Marin, Corina Chiriac,  Margareta Paslaru, Elisabeta Lipa and Mihaela Tatu, to Elena Basescu and Ioana Tariceanu.
Margareta Paslaru received a life time achievement award.


Margareta Paslaru - TVR50 event - giving autographs at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Romanian Television. 
2006 - Brasov, Romania

TV Producer Dumitru Morosanu gives the TVR50 award,
the Diploma of Excellence, to Margareta Paslaru at the 50st anniversary of the Romanian Television  
2006 - Brasov, Romania

Summit Independent Press - March 29, 2006

AREA - Summit resident Margareta Paslaru's "Arts & Humanities" show airs on TV-36 on Wednesdays at 7 and 10 p.m.,
Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Saturdays at 8 and 11 p.m., Sundays at 6 and 9 p.m. and Tuesdays at 9 a.m. For April, Ms. Paslaru
has produced and directed "Mozart Year," a special edition of "Arts & Humanities" that celebrates 250 years since the birth
of Mozart. This time, the show is hosted by Noel Werner, the minister of music at Central Presbyterian Church in Summit,
who introduces violinist Irma Louis Wright and pianist Lauri MacNeill Clancy.

The film "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu", directed by 
Cristi Puiu and a Cannes Festival award recipient, was showcased at the 43rd NewYork Film Festival at  Lincoln Center. Margareta Paslaru's singing served  to both open and close the movie, as she interpreted Bogardo's and Grigoriu's songs.  (September 24, 2005)

French actress, Annie Girardot, Margareta Paslaru, and 
casting director, Shaila Rubin, in Cluj at the 
Transylvania International Film Festival 


SUMMIT OBSERVER
-Thursday, June 2, 2005

Resident to present at film festival
(excerpt)

"It is a great honor; I am thrilled," said Margareta Paslaru, longtime Summit resident and founder of Children's Day. (...) Margaret Paslaru's voice will be used as background in a movie screened at the Cannes Film Festival. "It will be music in which I was singing, and it was very popular in Romania," she said. They will use it as background for the movie, "Death of Mr. Lazarescu," by Cristi Puiu, a young artistic director well known in Romania. He won at Cannes for the category "Un Certain Regard."
Not only that, but Paslaru will be in her native country, Romania, to be one of the presenters at the Transylvania International Film Festival, through Sunday. She will be presenting the life-time Achievement Award to a famous Romanian actor, Gheorghe Dinica.
Paslaru has been honored by former Summit Mayor Walter Long and current Mayor Jordan Glatt for her efforts on behalf of International Children's Day every June 1. She has also been on the other side of the camera for TV-36 at many Common Council meetings, and events happening in her American home city. She has lived in Summit 23 years. She is still remembered in Romania, and with great affection and support. She acted in films there, and sang, danced, and composed her own music. She composed both words and music for "Our Day, Children's Day." Now a CD, it is selling in Summit at Scotti's music store.(...)
And although she will not be able to observe Children's Day here in Summit, she will be observing it in her own special way. Paslaru will be bringing toys for all the children in an orphanage in Cluj, Romania.
"I have dolls for the girls and toy cars for boys, and will deliver them personally to honor these children," she said. 


On stage, Margareta Paslaru, Tudor Giurgiu -Director of TIFFand Catalin Stefanescu, at Transylvania International Film Festival,  held at the National Theater in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Margareta Paslaru was invited to present the
 life-time Achivement Award to the great Romanian actor,
 Gheorghe Dinica, at the Transylvania International Film Festival held at  the National Theater in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Summit Observer -Thursday, April 21, 2005

Stars come out for fund-raiser (excerpt)

By Joan M.Devlin - Staff Writer

Celebrating actual "stars" who live in Summit was the theme of an exciting fund-raiser for Johnson Center for youth at Summit High School last week. Youth Services Director Tyesha Cromwell served as mistress of ceremonies, and she explained the purpose of the show. "We are trying to match a challenge grant opportunity offered to The Johnson Center and, if we are successful, we will be able to build a computer center there," said Cromwell. "We need to raise $28,000." Items for the silent auction were offered from all the panelists; the auction was conducted in the rear of the auditorium at intermission.
"I never realized we have so many residents who have Oscars, Grammies and special honors; I am looking forward to seeing some of them tonight," said Mayor Jordan Glatt. (...)
There were 13 panelists altogether, the first set had Benjamin Green, for his scientific awards and patents; Margareta Paslaru, international actress and Telly award winner, also founder of Children's Day in Summit; Noah Bishop, Eagle Scout; Mark Reiter, MTV music video winner; Olivia Tarantino, Junior Olympic
National medalist for her running; Bill Rapp, NJ most decorated veteran and winner of three Purple Hearts; and Arthur Vanderbilt, II, in the NJ Literary Hall of Fame for his many published books. (...)  Each of these unique people were questioned briefly by juniors and seniors from Summit High School and most were asked what struggles they had to overcome to become so successful. Dr. Green, with a doctorate in chemistry, recently retired from Lucent Technologies and teaches high school science. He has at least 15 patents and many honors in science.
Known as founder of Summit's International Children's Day celebration on June 1st, Paslaru had interviewed late famous basso Jerome Hines, which brought her the Gold Classic award for "Jerome Hines - Human Mosaics." A native of Romania, she has performed in many films and television shows and international music festivals in more than 29 countries. She is currently a producer and director at TV36 in Summit. Marc Reiter won an MTV Video Music Award for "Moonman" awarded in 1996 for Metallica's "Until It Sleeps" video. (...) Summit's Bill Rapp, New Jersey's most decorated veteran, retired Lt. colonel, U.S.Army, served in Vietnam with the Green Berets. He has three Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars, 10 Air Combat medals and other awards.

INDEPENDENT PRESS - February 2, 2005 Serving Berkeley Heights, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, Madison, Millburn-Short Hills, New Providence, Long Hill Township and Summit

Producer makes available tapes of Summit shows SUMMIT - TV36 producer and creative director Margaret Paslaru-Sencovici has donated tapes of more than 200 of her shows to the Summit Historical Society to be made available to the public. Available for viewing at the society's headquarters, the tapes are part of the archives at 1741 Carter House, 90 Butler Parkway, Summit. The house museum is staffed by volunteers on Tuesdays mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Jurnalul National - excerpt
Otilia Vintila, December  9 - 2004 

Even after having a fulfilled life in the US, she hasn't forgotten her public at home. And we haven't forgotten her. Readers have chosen Paslarita's voice to be on a special  collection CD celebrating the most loved songs of Romanians. As a special treat for them, here is an interview from across the ocean with and about Margareta.  

EVENIMENTUL ZILEI - excerpt
Anca Nicoleanu
, Tuesday, November 23 - 2004

Margareta Paslaru is writing her autobiography and her daughter, Ana-Maria, will illustrate the book.

The well known artist now lives in the US, where she produces TV shows, writes songs and gets involved in humanitarian activities. About Paslarita, the late composer George Grigoriu said: "Margareta Paslaru - "a legend of the Romanian Pop music". In 1958, a 15 year old child debuts on the pop music stage at the Culture Club Grivita Rosie, accompanied by Paul Ghentar. Her good fortune rested with George Grigoriu, who composed "The Call of the Sea" her first great hit, beating all record sales of the '60's. All that followed her debut, including shows, awards, movies, theater and an extraordinary public success, lead to the creation of the legend of Margareta Paslaru. 



A favorites. The Journal's readers are 
recognizing in Margareta one of the most beloved 
voices of the century.

Summit Observer, Echo Leader Thursday, April 1, 2004

Legislators, volunteers help give Children's Day jump start
By Joan M. Devlin
Staff Writer

At the kick-of event to the International Children's Day celebration, planed for June 1, organizers  and participants gathered to discuss their plans. From rear left are Margarita Paslaru of Summit,  Michael Knowlton, superintendent of schools; former Councilwoman Joyce Margie and Franklin  School Principal Sheila Cole. From front left are Sen.Thomas Kean Jr. and Assemblymen Jon  Bramnick and Eric Munoz.

 

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The Communicator Awards - Arlington Texas

An International Competition Honoring Excellence in Visual Communications

The Award of Distinction is awarded for projects that exceeded industry standards in productions or communication skills. There were 2, 867 entries from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 11 other countrie, in The Communicator Awards 2003 Video Competition.

The Communicator Awards is an awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communicator field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
Worrall Newspapers - Thursday, October 9, 2003

"Artists making a difference are celebrated this month" (excerpt)


Diversification enable Paslaru to unite people

By Bill VanSant
Associate Editor


Name: Margareta Paslaru
Title: Producer, "M"Soul Productions
Resides: Summit
Age: 60

"When we are young we struggle to make a name for ourselves. Becoming mature, we must use that 'name' in helping others."
That's the motto of "M"Soul Productions, based in Summit. The brainchild of Margareta Paslaru, "M" Soul encopasses everything from award winning local television programing to international initiatives.

"International" is a key word. Prior to moving to the United States xx years ago, Paslaru was - and still is - a major celebrity in her native Romania, having "made a name" for herself in film and television, on stage, and as a recording artist.

However, her endeavors on these shores have not solely been the promotion of her career but of assorted humanitarian interest, from the award wining "Impromptu-Art" television program on TV36 to her work in promoting International Children's Day throughout the country.

This past year, Paslaru was honored with a national Telly Award as producer of "Impromptu-Art," giving testament to the far-reaching appeal of her local programing. Another of her programs, "Human Mosaics," is simply that - a mosaic of humanity and humanitarian topics. In addition she produces two other programs for TV36.
Her work in promoting International Children's Day has united the city of Summit with both San Francisco and Washington D.C., creating an exchange of children's artwork that was exbited in all three towns. In addition, artwork was shared with several other countries.

"We can create a better society starting with the youngsters," she said, "because then is when they are so impressionable and you can mold them. It's like a wonderful material to play with it, to create a new person, which is the 
future." Paslaru served as the catalys in creating a collaboration between  Summit Mayor Walter Long and the mayors of San Francisco and Washington.

 "Mayor Long was extraordinary," she said. "I'm so grateful to him." (...)

Having spent years in front of the camera in Romania, she took courses to learn the technical aspects of television production. She now handles everything from concept to script development to editing to post production. In her passion for art, she points out that "everything is done  by an artist," from a painting to the design of building to the creation of a decorative teacup.

Through her diversification, and her celebrity, she feels she's able to open doors for others, whether she's raising awarness of an issue by producing a documentary, aiding children worldwide by spear-heading a national partnership between communities, or helping everyday people by lending her "name" to worthwhile causes, both here and abroad."Every artist creates a step," she said, "for the  rise of new talents.
"

 

 

The 24th Annual Telly Awards National Competition
Honoring Outstanding Television Commercials, Video Productions and Film
April 2003



The Independent Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2003

TELLY WINNER - TV36 producer and director Margaret Paslaru-Sencovici recently received a 2003 Telly Award as a bronze finalist at the 24th Annual Telly Awards held in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was recognized in the cultural category for her production of "Impromptu Art," which told the story of the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit, including their exhibitions, lectures and art school. 
Pictured admiring the award are, from left: TV36 Board Member P.T. Kizzia, representing Central Presbyterian Church; Telly Award Winner Margaret Paslaru-Sencovici; TV36 Executive Vice President Alice Kolator, and TV36 Board Member Carole Papale

Union County - Worrall Community Newspapers  
Thursday, March 21, 2002

Annual Women of Excellence honored on Friday 
(excerpt
)



From left to right, first row: Phyllis Linda Volker, Margareta Paslaru-Sencovici, Honorable 
Linda Stender, Tonnie Glick, Reverend Luciel Hatchett, Mary Krech, Mary Ellen McGlynn
Second row: Rick Proctor, Alexander Mirabella, Deborah Scanlon, Angel Estrada, 
Faheemah El-Amin, Honorable Carla Mazza 

One woman dedicated her time and energy to building a health center in Kenya. One woman built a thriving child care center in the City of Plainfield. Another worked to educate rescue workers on spinal cord injury. In all, 10 Union County women will be honored Friday by the Union County's Commission on the Status of Women and the Board of Chosen Freeholders at The Westwood in Garwood at 7 p.m. This is 10th year of the event.

"This is such an important event for women in Union County," said Freeholder Vice Chairman Matry Ruotolo. " It presents women of all ages with role models living and working in their own communities."  While they represent many of Union County's deferent communities, professions and backgrounds, these women have all been chosen because of their dedication, leadership and commitment in their areas of activity." The Women we are honoring come from all walks of life and all parts of Union County, but theyall share one thing in common - a concern about their communities," said Freeholder Deborah Scanlon, liaison to the commission. "All have demonstrated a commitment to building better, stronger communities."

The Union County Commission on the Status of Women was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1976. In addition to the annual Women of Excellence Awards, the commission develops and presents special programs of interest to women throughout the year, advises the freeholders on women's issues and acts as liaison between the board and the community.

In the Arts & Humanities, the commission will honor Margareta Paslaru of Summit. An internationally acclaimed musician and actress, Paslaru has worked to initiate International Children's Day here and throughout the world. She is an active volunteer in her community with children's causes and in raising international awareness of the arts in her native Romania.(....)

The Independent Press  
Wednesday, April 10, 2002

IN THE TOP TEN - Margareta Paslaru of Summit, far left, was among the 10 honorees at a recent Women of Excellence Dinner at Westwood restaurant in Garwood. She was nominated by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women for her work in the field of arts and humanities. Offering congratulations are Freeholders, from left, Rick Proctor, Deborah Scanlon and Angel G. Estrada.



Multi-talented artist Margareta Paslaru completed a tour of North America (celebrating 40 years from her debut) at the end of which she was awarded the 1998 Humanitarian Distinction Award in Los Angeles

Short version

Pop Star and Folklore Singer:

  • Margareta was discovered by Ileana Pop and Valerio Lazarov at age 15-16, in Bucharest.
  • Over 700 recordings for radio, TV specials, albums and movies
  • Performed by invitation at concerts, television recitals, festivals and recordings in 29 countries, including England, France, Spain, China, Israel, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada, USA, etc.
  • Performed for several Heads of State visiting Romania.
  • Held the recital One Woman Show, directed by Sanda Manu, celebrating the first ten years of her career (at only 25 years of age)
  • Opened for Gilbert Becaud at the Presse Fest Festival in Germany

  • Performed recitals at : Berlin Schlager International Festival –"Golden Orpheus" Bulgaria next to Josephine Baker
  • Participated in the M.I.D.E.M. Gala – Cannes Festival – France, next to: Amalia Rodriguez, Dalida, Mireille Mathieu, James Last, Adriano Celentano, Udo Jurgens, and other international stars
  • Performed in the United Nations’ Special Gala with the "Children of the World" to benefit Romanian children in 1993.

  • Same year, the record company Electrecord and her Fan Club celebrated on July 9 Margareta’s 50 th Birthday. The album "A Bridge Across the Ocean" with her new creations recorded at "Q" Sound Studio New York (music arrange. Adrian Antonescu and Anthony Petosa), was released in Bucharest
  • In 1996 after 13 years of absence Margareta Paslaru returned to Romania. For this memorable event the record company Electrecord released a new CD "The best of…", which marked the store windows all over Romania; it also spurred a series of charitable efforts on behalf of Margareta, bearing the name "Soul Projects"

  • Invited by the Romanian Challenge Appeal in New York, Margareta sang traditional Romania folklore accompanied by John Cummins, at Broadway’s "Gallery at 678", to raise money for the Siret orphanage in 1997
  • In 1998, the "Alma Creations" Agency from Toronto-Canada and Goldie Music from Los Angeles invited Margareta to celebrate 40 years from her debut with a One Woman Show. The musical director, was composer and guitar player Radu Goldis.
  • On September 28, 1998, Margareta made her first appearance at Manhattan’s Knitting Factory, followed by a folklore recital in January 26, 1999 with Matt Darriau and the Paradox Trio.

  • Margareta participated at "The 14th Annual NYC Golden Festival" on January 16,1999, the profits of which were donated to relief organizations in the Balkans.

  • The original interpretation of Margareta’s "Doina-bocet" was selected for inclusion in the new CD of the Paradox Trio, "SOURCE", launched at Knitting Factory, on June 22, 1999.
  • CD Review: Source
    Paradox Trio(Knitting Factory)
    By David R.Adler
    "(...) The Paradox Trio, founded and led by woodwinds player Matt Darriau, is one of the truly outstanding groups active within New York's downtown avant-garde scene. (...) The inclusion of vocals is a first for the group.Other vocal features are "Alt Far Gelt," a lively klezmer with Sklamberg singing in Yiddish,  and "Bocet Doina" a hypnotic rubato theme sung by Romanian vocalist Margareta Paslaru.(...)
  • In 1999, Margareta was invited by Cristian Socianu and John Baleanu to tour seven states on the East-American Coast. She performed her recital as a "Humanitarian Gala", accompanied by Radu Goldis. The Gala was dedicated to all suffering children in the Balkans, and its proceeds were donated to the Red Cross.


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Songwriter and Lyricist

Composed hits on Romanian poetry: Mihai Eminescu, Ana Blandiana, Virgil Carianopol, George Bacovia, Ion Minulescu, Nichita Stanescu, Ion Horea, George Tarnea; and created lyrics for the composers Temistocle Popa, Florin Bogardo, Laurentiu Profeta, VasileVasilache Jr., E. Flavian, Dan Mandrila, Adrian Antonescu.

  • Composed music for the TV cartoons series "Mihaela" by Nell Cobar and recorded its voiceover.
  • Composed and recorded in the US The Unknown Child (Alecu Radulescu Studio - N.Y.) for a new album, "A Bridge Over the Ocean",(arrange. Adrian Antonescu and Anthony Petosa at the "Q" Sound Studio, New York) which became a bestseller in Romania. All proceeds were donated to Romanian orphanages.
  • Subsequent to the success of the album, released a series of four cassettes in the US, "Suite of Nostalgia" 1, 2, 3, and 4, donating the proceeds to Overlook Hospital and M.A.D.I.R. - Ponzio Foundation. (Make A Difference in Romania ).
  • Composed and recorded "Listen My Daughter" for AIDS prevention in the United States ("Q"Sound Studio N.Y. AdrianAntonescu, guitar arrangement)
  • Composed and performed Mark Kostaby Crazy Boy at the World Nightclub in Manhattan, in honor of Kostaby’s birthday.
  • Composed the music score Bittersweet for "The Obsession Factor", directed by Aaron Adirim.
  • Inspired by the prayer "Our Father", Margareta composed the music for and directed the music video of an artistic rendition of this prayer. (Recorded at Goldie Music, Los Angeles; guitar arangement Radu Goldis.)

Actress

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A Charming Girl (by Lucian Bratu, co-stars Stefan Iordache, Emeric Schaeffer and Marin Moraru - see above photo)

  • Made over 400 performances with B. Brecht’s Three Penny Opera, directed by Liviu Ciulei in Bucharest, Romania (co-star Toma Caragiu)

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Appeared in the following full-length movies:

  • The Tunnel (by Francisc Munteanu, with co-stars Ion Dichiseanu, Emeric Schaeffer, Florin Piersic )
  • A charming girl by Lucian Bratu and Radu Cosasu
  • Veronica (by Elisabeta Bostan, with co-stars Lulu Mihaiescu, Angela Moldovan)
  • Veronica Returns (by Elisabeta Bostan, with co-stars Dem Radulescu, Florian Pitis)



Margareta Paslaru and Florian Pitis in Veronica Returns

  • Shots on the Staffs (by Cezar Grigoriu, with co-stars American singer Nancy Hallaway and Romanian singer and composer Cornel Fugaru)
  • Melodies, Melodies (by Francisc Munteanu, with co-stars Cornel Constantiniu and Radu Goldis)
  • Gloria Doesn’t Sing (by Alexandru Bocanet, with co-star Toma Caragiu)
  • Clipa (by Dinu Sararu)

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Awarded Best Debut Actress of the Year  for the co-production of "The Tunnel" (directed by Francisc Munteanu) at the Film Festival "Pelicanul de Aur" in Mamaia, Romania.

Awards:

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Gala M.I.D.E.M. - Cannes

From left to right: Margareta Paslaru, Ginette Reno, James Last, Tunes Dizzeie, Muslim Magomaev, Patty Bravo, Jaffa Jarkoni, Juan Manuel Serrat, Amalia Rodriguez, Dalida, Mireille Mathieu, Udo Jurgens


  • 2008 - Award of Excellence - 50 years from the debut - granted by MediaS
  • 2007 - Award of Excellence - life time achievement - granted by Radio Romania News 
  • 2007 - Diploma for exceptional merit in supporting disadvantaged people of Romania - Callatis Festival  July 12  
  • 2006 - Awards for the entire activity - Gala " Successful Women ". 
  • 2006 - Diploma of Excellence for the entire activity - Radio Romania - 78 years. 
  • 2006 - Award of Excellence VIP - September edition LXXIIV 
  • 2006 - TVR50 trophy and diploma of Excellence, at TVR jubilee , for the role had in the history of Romanian Television.
  • 2005 - The Videographer Award of Distinction -categoria TV/Program/Arts - "The Best Of..Artists & Their Art", Arlington Texas.
  • 2004 - The Communicator Award of Distinction for "Forever Music"( Cable TV/ Educational program category) held in Arlington Texas
  • 2004 - Gold Classic Telly Winner for "Jerome Hines"- Human Mosaics- (Cultural category) at the 25th Anniversary Telly Awards national competition
  • 2003 "Telly Award" finalist-Bronze (Cultural category) at the 24th Annual Telly Awards national competition held in Cincinnati OH
  • 2002 - Union County "Women of Excellence Award" Arts & Humanities category.
  • The Golden Record of Romania
  • The Marble Record, M.I.D.E.M. - Cannes, France
  • The Sony Award - Tokyo International Song Festival, Japan
  • Third Place, International Song Festival, Sopot, Poland
  • The Golden Stag Nominations, International Song Festival Brasov - Romania
  • The International Press Prize - Song Festival, Malta
  • The Composer Award - for the most popular song in the Romanian TV contest with "The Magic Diamond"-(music: Margareta Paslaru, lyrics E. Rotaru)
  • The Press Award, Ankara -Turkey
  • ANNUAL AWARDS AT "Mamaia Song Festivals", Romania

Distinctions:

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1996 - Diploma of Honor from UNICEF - Bucharest for the
 promotion of music and the protection of children

  • 2000 - Honorary Citizen of Bucharest
  • 2000 - Honorary Member of the Romanian Red Cross
  • 1999 - "International Stars of Romanian Song" Award, Bucharest - Romania (given by the Union of Composers and the "Musical Actuality" publication
  • 1999 - Invited as Guest of Honor at UNITER GALA, Bucharest - Romania
  • 1998 - The Humanitarian Distinction in Los Angeles, USA given by the Chamber of Commerce of California - Romania
  • 1997 - Invited as Guest of Honor at the International Golden Stag Festival, Brasov-Romania
  • 1996 - Honorary Member of UNESCO - Romania Club 

Skills/Activities:

  • Filming, directing, and producing cultural and humanitarian projects.
  • Fluent in English, French, Italian.
  • Ability to sing in 12 languages (phonetically).
  • Costume design, dance, and piano, abstract painting.
  • Volunteer at Overlook Hospital reading bedtime stories to sick children, as a program she initiated, "Sleeping With a Smile"or singing for patients, a new program "Music is the medicine".
  • Volunteer at SAGE in the "Meals on Wheels" program.
  • Initiated and participated in a number of local and overseas charities projects.

The International Press about Margareta:

  • BERLIN - (Wochen Post): Margareta Paslaru is the number one pop star in Romania, no doubt about it.
  • LONDON - (Morning Star): Margareta Paslaru, a star of stage, screen and TV, sings two groups of songs in a voluptuous Dietrich-like voice.
  • ROME - (Anna-Bella): Brilliant interpreter of Romanian folklore, Margareta is what Rita Pavone is for Italy. With her deep-down voice, she is now performing every night in Brecht’s "Three Penny Opera".
  • TEL-AVIV - (Glasul Poporului): There is no doubt about it, Margareta Paslaru is the most authentic and representative musical ambassador of Romania.
  • PARIS - (Cinemonde): "The beautiful Romanian" is the title which the movie star, Margareta Paslaru, deserves like Gina Lollobrigida in her movie made after Moravia, and is called "The beautiful one of Rome". Margareta has just finished her third movie and she signed two other contracts.
  • MONTREAL - (Journal des Vedettes): Le group de chanteurs Les Surfs de Madagascar at Margareta Paslaru chanteuse roumaine, ont fait une emission des plus appreciees avec Jacques Boulanger de CKVL.
  • NEW YORK - (Knitting Factory): Romanian Sensation Margareta Paslaru.
  • NEW YORK - (Billboard): Pop superstar Margareta Paslaru has lived in New Jersey for almost 10 years, but her latest album is a best seller here, with the proceeds being donated to Romanian orphans. (Octavian Ursulescu)
  • BUCHAREST - (Carusel): "Margareta – a myth of the Romanian pop music."(composer George Grigoriu)


Here is what the press said about Margaret's recent visit home:

"Margareta Paslaru and her daughter have arrived in Bucharest"

The Truth - February 12, 2000 (selection)

After 40 years, Margareta Paslaru has earned a page in the history of Romanian music.

One would think that only Andre, 'Fuel to the Fire' or BUG Mafia could gather hundreds of heated fans in one place. Wrong! A swarm of mature fans invaded  the Gallery of Music yesterday.  Boisterous and on a mission,they were decidedly set on attending the CD launching of Margareta Paslaru, the best opportunity to see their favorite star and reminisce upon their youth.
They brought flowers, and even a "goblen with Margaret's face".. an enormous mob.
One by one, the exhausted retirees gave up.  However, tenacity succeeded in most cases.  They pushed, they shoved, they even made it up on stage. Amid much applause and cheer, Margareta finally appeared and began to speak.
At first, numerous complaints filled the air: "We can't hear!", "We can't see!", "Sit down!", "Stand up!", "Ursulescu, prop her up!".  Soon however, those voices subsided, and Margareta was finally able to make herself heard.
"I thank you all for being here.  Without you, I would be no one."
Everyone wanted to bring home a new CD, which contains no less than 25 songs.
"They are musical hits requested by the fans, from Australia to Scandinavia," proudly admits Margareta. Surely they are songs which Romanians have also loved and remembered. Margareta Paslaru has written herself a page in the history of our music.Yesterday's CD launch was proof, if such proof was even needed.

Diana Popescu

Liberty - February 4, 2000 (Selection)

Accompanied for the first time by her daughter, Margareta Paslaru will come to Romania

She will be arriving in Bucharest on February 8.  The singer will launch her new CD "Margareta:  A retrospective of 40 years since the debut of the first album", "The Call of the Sea", Friday, February 11, 1:00 p.m., at the Gallery of Music on Luterana Street.  In addition, Margaret will visit several orphanages, bringing with her gifts from the US for the little ones, in collaboration with the Red Cross.

Nicoleta Radu

The Day - February 7, 2000 (Selection)

Margaret celebrates 40 years from her debut

Margareta Paslaru's debut, as discovered by Ileana Pop, took place in August 1958 at the Cultural House "Grivita Rosie."  George Grigoriu composed "The Call of the Sea" especially for her.  He had little to say about the artist: "Margareta Paslaru - the myth of the Romanian music."
Margaret's trans-oceanic activities have been rich and varied:  she performed at the special UN Gala entitled "Children of the World" to further the cause for Romanian children (1993)and she has also performed at Knitting Factory a folk recital in Manhattan, with Matt Darriau and the Paradox Trio (1999).
Inspired by the prayer "Our Father", she composed the melody for, and directed the artistically oriented video for this timeless chant. The recordings took place at Goldie Music (Los Angeles) while the arrangement and guitar accompaniment are the fine work of Radu Goldis; in addition, she has filmed, directed and produced cultural and humanitarian projects.

Ruxandra Zamfir

The Day's Events - February 8, 2000  (Selection)

The legend of pop music, Margareta Paslaru, returns to Bucharest

The most appreciated and valued star of pop music, of the '60 and '70, Margareta Paslaru, is coming today to Bucharest.  Her debut in theater materialized in 1964, when the director Liviu Ciulei granted her the role of Polly in the "Three Penny Opera" by Bertold Brecht.  One year later her cinematographic career began, through the interpretation of Iulia, in Francisc Munteanu's "The Tunnel".

Otilia Mihailov

Truth - February 8, 2000 (Selection)

Margareta Paslaru celebrates in Romania 40 years since her debut.  Her one week visit begins today

Today, at 10:30 am, Margareta Paslaru, known and loved by entire generations, will arrive in Romania for a short visit.

C. Modreanu

The Day's Events - February 9, 2000  (Selection)

Margareta Paslaru - six full days in Romania

Despite her charming smile, Margareta is disappointed because TAROM did not release the transport of some nine bags of toys which she wanted to bring to the orphans of Romania.  At the Gallery of Music on Lutheran Street on Friday at 1 p.m., at the CD launching, she will be handing out autographs to her fans, along with Marina Voica:  "We had a simultaneous debut and we want to celebrate these last 40 years together."  Margareta and Ana Maria will stay at their aunt's residence, Sanda Simionescu, with the week's schedule already set:  appearances on TV and radio shows such as "The Issue of the Day", "Marina's Arc",  "Studio Tudor Vornicu", potentially "From Among 100 Newspapers", "Friday Night Live", visits to orphanages and senior citizen
homes, and reunions with friends and fans. 
Monday morning, on a direct flight to New York, the artist and her daughter will return to the states.

Otilia Mihailov

The Daily News - February 9, 2000 (Selection)

Margareta Paslaru has returned to Romania to launch a new "jubilee CD"

No one was missing from the reunion with Margareta: not Octavian Ursulescu, Marin Moraru, Lucica Popescu-Moraru (his wife), or the Director of Electrecord.  The artist referred to Marin Moraru as a stellar actor and professor, from whom she learned the trade secrets of being an actress. 
In addition, Puiu Munteanu came from Constanta, the leader of the "Margareta Paslaru" fan club which encompasses members from 7 to 70 years old.

Anca Apostol

The National - February 9, 2000 (Selection)

Margareta Paslaru was graced with a Hollywood welcome

Yesterday, in the overflowing presence of mass-media representatives, arrived at the Otopeni Airport the famous artist, Margareta Paslaru, for the launch of her CD "40 years since the first album", produced by the Electrecord label.
Among the known personalities who came to welcome Margareta were the General Director of Electrecord, Cornelia Andreescu, the radio producer Lucica Popescu Moraru and her husband, Marin Moraru, and even the artist's relatives, her brother-in-law and her niece, the model Alina Sencovici.

Horatiu Tudor

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