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Diva Image #6 Lina Cavalieri
by David for group historicalziegfeld Nov 20, 2010

In the first decade of the 20th century opera singer Lina Cavalieri was reckoned the most beautiful woman in the world. An orphan, ward of the state, who ran away from the nuns to Paris, making her way as a singer through the musical halls and variety houses, Cavalieri used her voice and her looks to launch an international career on the opera stage, and four marriages to plutocrats, artists, and royals. The first eleven images were taken by Greta Dupont shortly after Cavalieri's stupendous rendition (with Enrico Caruso) of "Manon Lescaut" at the Met. The final three were taken in 1916 when the First World War drove Cavalieri to the United States. She had retired from singing in 1914, but had become a star of silent cinema. She would die in an Allied bombing raid around Florence Italy in 1944. David Shields

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