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About Maria Carlota "Lota" Costallat de Macedo Soares
Maria Carlota Costallat de Macedo Soares (1910 – September 25, 1967) was a Brazilian aesthete who conceived and constructed the Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro. She was born in Paris, a member of a prominent political family in Rio de Janeiro state.
Lota, as she was known, maintained a lesbian relationship with the American poet Elizabeth Bishop from 1951 to 1967.
In 1967, Soares followed Bishop back to the United States, having recovered from an ailment with extensive hospitalization. The same day she arrived in New York, 19 September 1967, Soares took effective steps to commit suicide by overdosing on tranquilizers, and died several days later.