Esmerlinda Barros was born on September 4, 1944 in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil. A mulatto, Esmerlinda started as a dancer in the nightclub shows of Carlos Machado aka "The King of the Night". She appeared in the local Renaissance Club’s beauty contest in 1964 where the winner goes on to appear in the Miss Brazil contest. Many feel she finished second in the Renaissance Club contest because of her professional status as a performer. Barros attracted enough attention to be offered film roles in Brazilian and Italian films and television novellos. While in Italy she was called Esmeralda Barros and appeared in six Euro-westerns but her most remembered role was as Eva the savage jungle girl in "Kong Island" (1968) with Brad Harris. Later she appeared, in the July 1976 edition on the cover of the Brazilian Playboy. After her career ended she returned to Brazil and as of 2015 was a grandmother and living happily in Rio de Janeiro.
Today we celebrate Ermeralda Barros’ 70th birthday.