Beverly Sills (1929–2007)


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This vibrant, fine-humored coloratura was able to accomplish what most others of her ilk could or would not do -- she humanized opera and made it approachable to the masses. There were no diva-like traits in this star and the public absolutely adored her for it. Dubbed "America's Queen of Opera" in 1971 by Time magazine, Beverly Sills, the lovely ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Live from Lincoln Center Self - Hostess / Donna Fiorilla / Manon Lescaut / Rosina / Self / Self - Performer
(1976-2007)
La traviata Violetta
(1976)
Roberto Devereux Queen Elisabeth
(1975)

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 1979 Great Performances at the Met (TV Series)
Norina
- Don Pasquale (1979) ... Norina
 1976-1978 Live from Lincoln Center (TV Series)
Donna Fiorilla / Manon Lescaut / Rosina
- New York City Opera: The Turk in Italy (1978) ... Donna Fiorilla
- New York City Opera: Manon (1977) ... Manon Lescaut
 1976 La traviata (TV Movie)
Violetta
 1975 Roberto Devereux (TV Movie)
Queen Elisabeth
 1938 Uncle Sol Solves It (Short)
Singer
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Show Show Self (51 credits)
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Other Works:

Sang the radio commercial jingle for Rinso White detergent as a young girl.

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2 Print Biographies | 12 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. See more »

Trivia:

She retired from performing at the age of 50, with an appearance in Menotti's La Loca, and accepted the position of General Manager of the New York City Opera. In 1991, she joined the board of the Metropolitan Opera, and four years later became head of New York's Lincoln Center. See more »

Nickname:

Bubbles

Star Sign:

Gemini

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