NO BIOGRAPHY CONFIRMATION FROM IMDB

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I ́m a long time contributor to IMDb and have submitted many biographies on actors in the past. All of them were immediately acknowledged by IMDb and a confirmation number was sent to my email. Recently I tried entering a biography three times but when I click on the final "re-check these updates" it never goes into the all green stage and takes me to a page that says "continue". with no further explanation. I click on that but it keeps re-directing me to the same "continue" and I never get to the all green stage. No confirming email is ever received which means the biography was never submitted. PLEASE What ́s happening?

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Hello Mark,

Can you post the 18-digit reference number(s) of the submissions so an IMDb representative can review the update and respond?
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That is precisely the problem. I get NO 18-digit reference number. Let me explain the issue clearly. I am trying to add a biography on Ramos, Olga.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1134716/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Step 1: Edit page
Step 2: Choose "add biography"
Step 3: Enter biography and sign my name
Step 4. Yellow area, "warning" of spelling problems.
Step 5: Since spelling is correct, clicked on "warning understood" and continue.
Step 6: Clicked on "re-check these updates".

In my long experience adding or updating biographies, after Step 6 it should take me to the "submit update" (green area) but it DOESN'T. It takes me to a page that reads:
"Updating Information on Olga Ramos. By the action of sending information to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) via this form, you declare that the submitted data is correct to the best of your knowledge, not copyrighted by a third party and you hereby give the IMDb permission to use it".

On this page I ́m only given the option to "continue". When I click "continue" I ́m taken back to Step 2!  Basically it becomes a vicious circle.

Any suggestions?







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This is odd.

I tested a submission in the bio on the name page you posted and received a green message screen. No yellow or red warning messages. No other messages.

Hopefully, someone will be able to investigate. 

Thanks for clarifying. 
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Hi Mark -

In addition to GMJ's request above, can you confirm what name page you are trying to add a mini-Bio for?  Does this happen on all pages you are adding mini-Bio's to, or is this the only instance you've experienced the problem?
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Hi Michelle-

Thanks a lot for trying to help.  I have posted above all pertinent information on the problem I ́m encountering.  In the past, I have entered several biographies and experienced no problem whatsoever. This is the first time in my 18 years contributing to IMDb. The page I ́m trying to add a bio is the following:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1134716/



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Mark,

I'm reposting the link to the name page. There are some extra letters to the right of the URL address which goes to a 404 Error message page.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1134716/

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Hi GMJ,
You are absolutely correct regarding the name page. I really don ́t know where those extra letters came from and I ́m glad you were able to re post to the correct link.  I ́m very grateful.
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Hi Mark -

The submission loop you are experiencing is unusual, and I cannot replicate the issue.  If possible, can you post the Bio text you were trying to add here for me to test?  I suspect the issue has to do with the spelling warning that you mentioned was triggered.

Once I have the Bio text with the misspelling I can try to replicate the problem again.
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Hi Michelle -

WEIRD! Last night I replied to your message and included the biography in question but now I see no record of my posting! I will post again.



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BIOGRAPHY

Olga Ramos was  a popular singer, violinist and actress who seldom appeared in films but was much in demand on stage, television and recordings. She started playing the violin at age eight and by the time she reached adulthood she had graduated with honors from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid obtaining a Master of Music for her virtuosity on that instrument. She also took drama and voice lessons on a side since the times required versatility if you needed to earn a living. One of her professors was the famed pianist and conductor Ataúlfo Argenta who encouraged her to both sing and play the violin.

Her professional career had a slow start due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and its devastation which marked the postwar years. Young Olga struggled trying to find employment as a musician. However Spain was slowing rebounding and different forms of entertainment were emerging. One of them was the film industry and young Olga was hired to play a singing gypsy in the film “Leyenda rota” (1940). Her next assignment came thanks to a government mandate that required live entertainment in all movie houses.  At the Bilbao Cinema, the house orchestra needed a violinist and Olga got the job.

Soon, she built up a reputation as an excellent soloist and started receiving requests to play with bands entertaining at café concerts. Those establishments were a combination bar-cafeteria-restaurant and were fast becoming the rage since they offered customers food, drinks, and live music, all for an affordable price. Most important for musicians, café concerts were popping up all over Spain, providing endless employment opportunities. In time, Olga Ramos turned into one of the most popular attractions for the café concert crowd. At first she just played with the anonymous house bands but when her popularity grew, she formed her own band with the help of fellow musician Enrique Martinez de Gamboa, a.k.a. “El Cipri”, whom she ended up marrying. The couple were a perfect meeting of the minds and talents. “El Cipri” not only played sax, clarinet and accordion, but was also a talented arranger, poet and composer. Together they raised the music quality of the café concert to new heights.

With “El Cipri” arrangements, Olga and her band could now include in their repertoire of Spanish standards, arias and excerpts from operas and zarzuelas, as well as music from Hollywood films and Broadway musicals. Encouraged by her husband, Olga often sang during their show and the audiences were enthralled by her voice and personal singing style.  She became known as “the queen of the café concerts” and always lived up to her fame. Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, they played constantly all over Spain and about this time Olga was asked to record her first sides as a vocalist. However times were changing, and with the arrival of television, the glorious days of café concerts were over.  “El Cipri“, who was much older than Olga decided to retire and supervise personally the education of their only daughter, Olga María.

Olga took a year's sabbatical during which she concentrated on her duties as housewife and mother but music was too strong a force inside her.  She decided to continued her career and unstintingly turned to singing. Olga had always sang and enjoyed the “cuplés” or pop songs from the beginning of the XX Century and noticed that those same songs were becoming popular again. Among other factors, this was due to the immense box office success of the film “El último cuplé” (1957) which unleashed a veritable “cuplemania” on the public of Spain and Latin America. The old “cuplés” invaded everything; films, radio, television, stage as well as the recording industry.  Olga revamped her repertoire accordingly and devised a nostalgic one woman show in which she sang, did comedy routines, and, as sort of intermission, played the violin. This new approach was well received by audiences and critics alike who reported that Miss Ramos was creating a new way to deliver the popular “cuplés“.

In 1967, Romanian expatriate and businessman Alexander Carven understood Olga's potential and made her an offer she could not resist. He had a restaurant in the old section of Madrid and wanted to turn it into a showplace for Olga Ramos. She accepted immediately since this would give her the opportunity to work close to home. Olga became Carven ́s business partner and together they remodeled the restaurant converting it into a dinner-theater they named “El último cuplé”. Later, after its continued success, it was renamed “Noches de cuplés” (Nights of cuplés). 

With Olga's extraordinary performances and serving exquisite Spanish cuisine, the place became a stalwart of the Madrid night scene for over fifteen years. Royalty, politicians, writers, journalists, show business personalities, celebrities of all sorts, along with local residents and tourists, visited Olga's place and made it their favorite. Olga was also highly acclaimed as a recording personality. She recorded several studio albums that were very successful, and a live album of her show which earned her a gold record and has been re-released several times. She also appeared on television quite often in the best variety shows. In short, “the queen of café concerts” had reinvented herself as “the queen of the cuplés”, the "cupletista" (cuplé vocalist) par excellence.

At home, it became obvious that her daughter Olga María wanted to follow in her mother's footsteps. Olga arranged for her to have music and voice lessons as she had done, and personally groomed her for the big time. Olga María made her debut at Olga's place and went on to achieve her own stage and recording career. The media and the public has always considered Olga María her mother's qualified successor.

When Mr. Carven passed away, Olga Ramos became the sole owner of the dinner theater and remained so for a few more years, however trouble was brewing at City Hall. Neither Olga nor Olga María were given satisfactory explanations, but it seems Olga's place was in the way of some big city developments and the celebrated establishment was ordered to close and be demolished. Olga and her daughter tried to stop it, but after spending a small fortune in legal and attorney's fees, they gave up the fight.  Heartbroken, the famed artist continued recording and guest starring on television, often as a duo with her daughter.

On the more positive side, Olga Ramos received many tributes and accolades from her peers and from community organizations. Ironically, the city of Madrid placed a commemorative plaque with her name on the street where her dinner theater used to be. The city of Badajoz, her birth place, named a street after her, while Spain's Ministry of Labor awarded her their Medal of Merit for her long uninterrupted career.  By age 80, Olga's health began failing but she would not consider retirement. She would say to the press with a wink “I might have wrinkles on my face but not on my voice“.  However she began spending more time resting at her magnificent country villa on the outskirts of Madrid.  It was there on August 25, 2005 that her heart succumbed to cardiac arrest ending up the life of one of Spain's brightest performers.
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Hi Mark -

Thanks for posting the text, I was able to see that the form was not accepting your Bio text because it included a unicode character that our system doesn't support.  I have now removed those characters from the mini-Bio text and re-submitted on your behalf.  To view the update, please go to your Contribution History and look for submission # 190620-210339-524000.
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Hi Michelle -

I am speechless. Your support has been outstanding and I ́m forever grateful. BTW, I don ́t know  what a unicode character is. How did you find it in my text? I would like to avoid them in the future.
Thanks again.
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Mark,

From personal experience, I've usually received an unsupported Unicode character rejection message when I type and save the document in my personal files (like MS Word) and then cut and paste the document to the IMDb review form. Not all symbols and letters are supported by IMDb.

I'm not sure if this is the case here but this may be one reason why you were having some problems with submitting the biography.

From the IMDb Help Center page Contributor Top-Tips:

Supported Character Sets
  • We are making slow and steady progress on Unicode support. Note that until every single part of our system supports Unicode, none of it works. Unfortunately, we don't have a timetable that we can share, but please be aware that we are working on it.
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Hi GMJ, Champion -

I believe you hit the nail about MS Word. Indeed I was writing those biographies on that program and then doing a copy and paste to IMDb. From now on I will avoid it.
Thank you so much!