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Singer, Actor

Mario Lanza (born Alfred Arnold Cocozza; January 31, 1921 – October 7, 1959) was an American tenor, actor, and Hollywood movie star of the late 1940s and the 1950s. Wikipedia

Age: 38 (age at death)
Born: 31st January, 1921, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 7th October, 1959, Place of Death
Height: 5' 7¾" (172 cm)
Nationality: Italian
Claim to Fame: "Be My Love" became his first million-selling hit

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Soprano Maria Callas (who was not known for her praise of contemporary singers) is on record as calling Lanza "Caruso`s successor," and in a 1973 interview said of him: "My biggest regret is not to have had the opportunity of singing with the greatest tenor voice I`ve ever heard."


As one of the first students at Tanglewood in the early 1940s, he was certainly in distinguished company. His fellow students during that period included Leonard Bernstein, conductor/impresario Sarah Caldwell, composer/conductor Lukas Foss and teacher/composer/conductor Frederick Fennell, to name but a few.


"All my life I liked fun. I`m young and alive. I like people with heart. Even today when people get gloomy around me, I swear in high C and say, `Let`s get going ... you`re fracturing me with this misery!`"


"I sing from the heart... I sing the words of a song and really feel them, from the top of my head to the tip of my toes... I sing as though my life depends on it, and if I ever stop doing that then I`ll stop living"


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He came as close to having a thrilling voice and styloe as Mario Lanza. (1 year ago)

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