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It appears your browser does not have it turned on. Please see your browser settings for this feature. EMBED for wordpress. 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 Died: October 7 , age 38 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos. Share this page:. Greatest Singers ever put on film. Deaths: October 7. The Sexiest Men of Old Hollywood. He had everything that one needs. The voice, the temperament, perfect diction. Vocally he was vsingiLecure. All he needed was coaching. Everything was so easy for him. He was fantastic! In September , he made a number of operatic recordings at the Rome Opera House for the soundtrack of what would turn out to be his final film, For the First Time.
It was then that he came to the attention of that opera house's artistic director, Riccardo Vitale, who promptly offered the tenor carte blanche in his choice of operatic roles. Lanza also received offers to sing in any opera of his choosing from the San Carlo in Naples. His old habits of overeating and crash dieting , coupled with binge drinking , compounded his problems.
In April , Lanza reportedly fell ill, mainly with heart problems as well as pneumonia. On September 25, , he entered Rome's Valle Giulia clinic for the purpose of losing weight for an upcoming film. While in the clinic, he underwent a controversial weight loss program colloquially known as "the twilight sleep treatment ", which required its patients to be kept immobile and sedated for prolonged periods.
On October 7, Lanza died of an apparent pulmonary embolism at the age of No autopsy was performed. He was survived by his wife and four children. Betty Lanza returned to Hollywood completely devastated. She died five months later of a drug overdose. Frank Sinatra sent his condolences by telegram.
In , his son Marc Lanza died of a heart attack. He was 37, a year younger than Mario was when he died. In , daughter Colleen Lanza was killed by a car as she crossed a street. She spent two weeks in the hospital in a coma from which she never recovered. Lanza's surviving daughter, Ellisa Lanza Bregman, helps administer his estate and has previously opened up about the family's tragedies. It appears your browser does not have it turned on.
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