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Lina Cavalieri
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    (December 25, 1874-February 7, 1944)
    Born in Viterbo, Latium, Italy
    Died near Florence, Italy
    Operatic soprano
    She was a fan of corsets and tightlacing to achieve a wasp waist.
    She wed four times.
    Her second marriage to heir Robert Chanler lasted just one week.
    She wrote a beauty column for Femina Magazine.
    One nugget of advice was to sleep with the head low so as to not get a double chin.
    To prevent wrinkles, each day she slathered her body in lotion comprised of bee's wax, rose oil, almond oil and sperm whale wax.
    She was orphaned by fifteen.
    She from dire poverty to become one the most acclaimed opera singers of the Belle Epoque.
    Revered as 'the most beautiful woman in the world,' Davide Campari, of the Italian liqueur fame, fell in love with her, followed her around on tour, and effectively set up his family's alcohol export business.
    Gina Lollobrigida portrayed her on film.
    She was killed in a bombing by Allied Forces.

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