The last of the original silent movie organists, Rosa Rio died on May 13, 2010, at age 107 just three weeks shy of her 108th birthday. The week before her death, she was still practicing at home on her nine-foot concert grand piano. And just nine months before her death, she was playing in Tampa for a screening of Buster Keaton’s silent film, “One Week.”   Her show business career spanned 97 years, beginning in 1912 when she gave her first professional performance, continuing through the silent movies, radio, and on into composing and performiang soundtracks for almost 400 silent films when they were were formatted for videocassette. In 1993 she moved to Florida where she provided live musical accompaniment to silent films at the historical Tampa Theater.

                                    –Washington Post, May 15, 2010

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