Maria Tanase (Romanian pronunciation: [ma'ri.a t?'nase]; 25 September 1913 – 22 June 1963) was a Romanian singer and actress.
Her music ranged from traditional Romanian music to romance, tango, chanson and operetta.
Tanase has a similar importance in Romania as Édith Piaf in France or Amália Rodrigues in Portugal.
In her nearly three-decade-long career, she became widely regarded as Romania's national diva, being admired for her originality, voice, physical beauty and charisma.
In Romania, she is still regarded as a major cultural icon of the 20th century.
In 2006 she was included to the list of the 100 Greatest Romanians of all time by a nationwide poll.
Among her songs are Cine iube?te ?i lasa (1937), Leli?a cârciumareasa (1939), Bun îi vinul ghiurghiuliu (1938), Doina din Maramures (1956), Ciuleandra (1956) and Pâna când nu te iubeam.