Lily Pons, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Lily Pons

American opera singer and actress

Date of Birth: 12-Apr-1898

Place of Birth: Draguignan, Provence-Alpes-CĂ´te d'Azur, France

Date of Death: 13-Feb-1976

Profession: actor, singer, opera singer, film actor

Nationality: United States, France

Zodiac Sign: Aries

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About Lily Pons

  • Alice JosĂ©phine Pons (April 12, 1898 – February 13, 1976), known professionally as Lily Pons, was a French-American operatic soprano and actress who had an active career from the late 1920s through the early 1970s.
  • As an opera singer she specialized in the coloratura soprano repertoire and was particularly associated with the title roles in LakmĂ© and Lucia di Lammermoor.
  • In addition to appearing as a guest artist with many opera houses internationally, Pons enjoyed a long association with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where she performed nearly 300 times between 1931 and 1960. She also had a successful and lucrative career as a concert singer which continued until her retirement from performance in 1973.
  • From 1935–37 she made three musical films for RKO Pictures.
  • She also made numerous appearances on radio and on television, performing on variety programs like The Ed Sullivan Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, and The Dave Garroway Show among others.
  • In 1955 she topped the bill for the first broadcast of what became an iconic television series, Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
  • She made dozens of records; recording both classical and popular music.
  • She was awarded the Croix de Lorraine and the LĂ©gion d'honneur by the Government of France. Pons was also adept at making herself into a marketable cultural icon.
  • Her opinions on fashion and home decorating were frequently reported in women's magazines, and she appeared as the face for Lockheed airplanes, Knox gelatin and Libby's tomato juice advertisements.
  • A town in Maryland named itself after her, and thereafter the singer contrived to have all her Christmas cards posted from Lilypons, Maryland.
  • Opera News wrote in 2011, "Pons promoted herself with a kind of marketing savvy that no singer ever had shown before, and very few have since; only Luciano Pavarotti was quite so successful at exploiting the mass media."

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