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Grace Moore
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    (December 5, 1898-January 26, 1947)
    Born in Slabtown, Tennessee
    Birth name was Mary Willie Grace Moore
    Opera singer
    Noted roles included Mimi in 'La Boheme' and the title roles in 'Tosca,' 'Manon' and 'Louise'
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Hitchy-Koo' (1920) and two Irving Berlin Music Box Revues (1922-23)
    Appeared in the films 'A Lady's Morals' (1930), 'New Moon' (1930), 'One Night of Love' (1934), 'Love Me Forever' (1935), 'When You're In Love' (1938) and 'Louise' (1939)
    Died in a plane crash outside Copenhagen, Denmark
    She was nicknamed 'the Tennessee Nightingale.'
    Many opera critics complained that her singing lacked subtlety.
    When she sang 'An Orange Grove in California,' orange blossom perfume was wafted through the theater.
    While performing in vaudeville, she tried to have a clause added to her contract stating that no 'colored act' could share a bill with her. (Instead the Loew theater chain cancelled her appearances.)
    She was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress for 'One Night of Love.'
    She entertained troops overseas with the USO during WWII.
    For her contributions to opera, she received the gold medal of the Society of Arts and Science and was named a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.
    'Time' wrote, 'She remains one of the few divas... who can cause dramatic excitement merely by walking onto the stage.'

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