Mario Lanza (I) (1921–1959)


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Mario Lanza's life, sadly, has all the markings of an epic Shakespearean tragedy. The story is truly incredible: a wild, incendiary Philadelphia kid who can sing better than Enrico Caruso sets out to become the greatest dramatic opera singer who ever lived, is detoured by MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer and vixen Hollywood, is remade into a fiercely ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 38) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Known For

The Great Caruso Enrico Caruso
(1951)
Serenade Damon Vincenti
(1956)
For the First Time Tonio Costa
(1959)
Heavenly Creatures Soundtrack
(1994)

Filmography

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 1959 For the First Time
Tonio Costa
 1957 Seven Hills of Rome
Marc Revere
 1956 Serenade
Damon Vincenti
 1954 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- Lend an Ear (1954)
 1954 The Student Prince
Prince Karl (singing voice)
 1952 Because You're Mine
Renaldo Rossano
 1951 The Great Caruso
Enrico Caruso
 1950 The Toast of New Orleans
Pepe Abellard Duvalle
 1949 That Midnight Kiss
Johnny Donnetti
 1944 Winged Victory
Chorus Member (uncredited)
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Show Show Soundtrack (34 credits)
Show Show Self (6 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (18 credits)

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Other Works:

CD: "The Student Prince/The Desert Song" (RCA) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 8 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Spouse:

Elizabeth Jeannette (Betty) Hicks  (his death)  (4 children)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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!' See more »

Trivia:

Took as his professional name a variation on his mother's name. He substituted the masculine Mario for the feminine Maria and used her maiden name of Lanza as his surname. See more »

Nickname:

The Service Caruso See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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