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Geraldine Farrar Memorabilia, The Newberry Library, Chicago.
Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.
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Opera singer and film actress.
Geraldine Farrar’s (1882-1967) stage presence earned her a fanatic following of “Gerryflappers” in the early 20th century. She studied voice in Boston, New York, Paris and Berlin, and caused a sensation in Germany with her debut as Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust in 1901. In 1906 Farrar joined the Metropolitan Opera and sang in 29 roles in nearly 500 performances there. She recorded extensively for the Victor Talking Machine Company, and appeared in a number of early Hollywood films.
A true diva, temperamental and fiercely independent, Farrar’s life was the source of considerable scandal, with many love affairs and a very public divorce in 1923. She retired from opera in 1922, though continuing to give recitals and a few radio broadcasts.
Farrar died in 1967, at the age of 85.
A small collection of Farrar items, including eight letters – seven to Pauline Moritz of Evanston, Illinois, documenting their friendship, and one to Moritz’s daughter. Also, two postcard photographs of Farrar, two printed Christmas cards, and two published articles.
Arranged in two folders.
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