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Mario Lanza

Born: January 31, 1921, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: October 7, 1959, (age 38) Rome, Italy

Mario Lanza - Trivia powerd by ABEMario Lanza (Alfredo Arnold Cocozza) was an American tenor and Hollywood movie star who enjoyed success in the late 1940s and 1950s.

What do you know about Mario Lanza?  Try this Hollywood Legend Quick Quiz.

1. His operatic debut, as Fenton in Otto Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, was at Tanglewood, after studying with conductors Boris Goldovsky and Leonard Bernstein. What was the date?

  • February 6, 1947
  • August 7, 1942
  • December 31, 1943

2. His operatic career was interrupted by World War II, when he was assigned to Special Services. What was the branch of service?

  • U.S. Army Air Corps
  • U.S. Marines
  • U.S. Coast Guard

3. He resumed his singing career in October 1945 on the CBS radio program, where he made six appearances singing various operatic selections. What was the radio program?

  • Operatic Moments to Remember
  • Songs You'll Never Forget
  • Great Moments in Music

4. Who did he marry on April 12, 1945?

  • Betty Gable
  • Betty Hicks
  • Betty Baker

5. Winged Victory, 1944 (uncredited chorus member) was his first movie. For the First Time (1959) was the screen debut of tenor Mario Lanza, also starring Kathryn Grayson, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

  • Fact or Myth

6. In May 1949, he made his first commercial recordings. Who was the record company?

  • Capitol
  • RCA Victor
  • Motown

7. In 1954, Lanza was dismissed by MGM after he had pre-recorded the songs for The Student Prince.

  • Edmund Purdom
  • Earl Hartman
  • Phil Monroe

8. What was the 1956 Warner Bros. release, were tenor Mario Lanza's played in his fifth film, and his first on-screen appearance in four years?

  • Serenade
  • The Road to Rome
  • The Philadelphia Story

9. In April 1959, Lanza suffered a minor heart attack, followed by double pneumonia in August. He died in Rome in October of that year at the age of 38 from a pulmonary embolism after undergoing 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.

  • Fact or Myth

10. Where is Mario Lanza buried?

  • Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Westwood, California
  • Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Culver City, California
  • Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California

Mario Lanza Answers

  • 1. August 7, 1942
  • 2. U.S. Army Air Corps
  • 3. Great Moments in Music
  • 4. Betty Hicks
  • 5. Myth. That Midnight Kiss (1949) was the screen debut of tenor Mario Lanza, also starring Kathryn Grayson, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
  • 6. RCA Victor
  • 7. Edmund Purdom
  • 8. Serenade
  • 9. Fact
  • Angels on your pillow10. Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California

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