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Lily Pons (1898–1976)

Of Italian and French ancestry, the famed coloratura was born Alice Josephine Pons near Cannes, France in 1898. She studied the piano as a child and entered the Paris Conservatoire at age 13. Fragile health and the outbreak of World War I interrupted her education. She began appearing again in ingenue roles in the ensuing years. In 1923, she ... See full bio »


(age 77) in Dallas, Texas, USA

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I Dream Too Much Annette Monard
That Girl from Paris Nicole 'Nikki' Martin
Hitting a New High Suzette, aka Oogahunga, the Bird-Girl
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 2008 $9.99 (performer: "Die Zauberflote, Ach Ich Fuhl's")
 1982 Oro, Plata, Mata (performer: "Mignon: Act II, Polonaise")
 1960 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Lily Pons (1960) ... (performer: "Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman", "Le Fleuret Du Bois Jolie", "Froggie Went A-Courtin'", "Il était une bergère", "Au Clair de la Lune" - uncredited)
 1958 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pearl Bailey, Lily Pons, Gertrude Berg (1958) ... (performer: "An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)", "Darling, je vous Aime Beaucoup" - uncredited)
 1947 Carnegie Hall (performer: "Vocalise", "Bell Song (L'Air des clochettes)", "Ah !... Par les dieux inspirés... Où va la jeune indoue" - uncredited)
 1937 Hitting a New High (performer: "I Hit a New High" (1937), "This Never Happened Before" (1937), "Let's Give Love Another Chance" (1937), "The Nightingale's Song (Air du Rossignol)" (1902), "Je suis Titania" (1866), "Mad Scene" (1835))
 1936 That Girl from Paris (performer: "The Call to Arms" (1936) (uncredited), "Seal It with a Kiss" (1936) (uncredited), "The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314" (1867) (uncredited), "Una voce poco fa" (1816), "Tarantella")
 1935 I Dream Too Much (performer: "I Dream Too Much" (1935) (uncredited), "The Jockey on the Carousel" (1935) (uncredited), "I Got Love" (1935) (uncredited), "I'm the Echo (You're the Song That I Love)" (1935) (uncredited), "Bell Song" from the opera "Lakmé" (1881-82))
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Potomac Watergate (on the Barge), 16 July 1942, with National Symphony Orchestra, for the benefit of Army and Navy Relief.

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An unknown when she came to the United States to audition for the Met, timing was on her side when the coloratura position became vacant due to illness. Pons became an overnight success and is credited with saving the Met from bankruptcy during the Depression. See more »


Delibes's "Bell Song", in which she could reach the high F!

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