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Geraldine Farrar
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    (February 28, 1882-March 11, 1967)
    Born in Melrose, Massachusetts
    Opera singer
    Member of the Metropolitan Opera (1907-22)
    Popular parts included the title roles in Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' and 'Tosca' and Bizet's 'Carmen'
    Appeared in the films 'Carmen' (1915), 'Maria Rosa' (1916), 'Joan the Woman' (1916), 'The Woman God Forgot' (1917), 'The Turn of the Wheel' (1918), 'The Stronger Vow' (1919), 'The World and Its Women' (1919), 'Flame of the Desert' (1919) and 'The Riddle: Woman' (1920)
    She described herself as full of 'temper and temperament.'
    Her female fans were known as Gerry-flappers.
    She was a singer who starred in silent films. (Huh?)
    She had a seven-year affair with Arturo Tocanini, who abruptly resigned as the chief conductor of the Met when she demanded that he leave his wife and children and marry her.
    Asked to comment on the suicide of ex-husband Lou Tellegen, she replied 'Why should that interest me?'
    Her 671 performances in 29 operas remained a Met record more than eight decades after she retired.
    Soprano Mary Mellish said about performing with her in the opera 'Zaza,' 'When Farrar unleashed her emotions and cried real tears, I cried with her. I felt her intensity like a burning flame.... This was acting such as I had never seen.'
    She organized fundraisers for the Red Cross during World War II.
    She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- for recordings and movies.

Credit: C. Fishel

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