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She began playing piano in her native
Until she turned 105 in 2007, Miss Rio never revealed her age, saying, "Honey, age is just a number and mine is unlisted."
She was trained at the Oberlin and Eastman conservatories but was better known for performing the themes and incidental music for radio soap operas, comedies and mysteries, including "The Shadow," with Orson Welles, "The Bob and Ray Show," "Cavalcade of America" and "The Goldbergs." She worked for NBC and later played for TV soap operas. In a 2006 interview with NPR, Miss Rio played the theme of "The Shadow" from memory.
The worlds of old-time radio and silent film have lost one of their most prized possessions…R.I.P, Ms. Rio…you’ll never know how much you’ll be missed.