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Maria Callas

Maria CallasAKA Maria Anna Sofia Cecilia Kalogeropoulos

Born: 2-Dec-1923 [1]
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 16-Sep-1977
Location of death: Paris, France
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered over Aegean Sea)

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: Greece
Executive summary: Operatic Soprano

"First I lost my voice, then I lost my figure and then I lost Onassis."

[1] Anne Edwards, Maria Callas: An Intimate Biography (2001): "On 2 December, four months to the day after their arrival in New York, Litza went into labour and was taken by Dr. Lantzounis to Flower Hospital on Fifth Avenue in lower New York where he was completing his residency... [Litza] would always claim that Maria was born on 4 December, and that she had endured two days of torturous labour in delivering her because of her size. However, Dr. Lantzounis recalled that the little girl, who was about to become his goddaughter, was delivered the same day he brought her mother to the hospital."

Father: George Kalogeropoulos (pharmacist)
Mother: Evangelia Demetriadu ("Litza")
Sister: Yacinthy ("Jackie", b. 4-Jun-1917)
Brother: Vasily (b. 27-Jun-1920, d. typhoid fever as an infant)
Husband: Giovanni Battista Meneghini (m. 21-Apr-1949, separated 1959, div. 1971)
Aristotle Onassis (extramarital affair, 1959, one son)
Son: Omero Lengrini Onassis (b. 30-Mar-1960, d. 30-Mar-1960)

    Conservatory: National Conservatoire, Athens
    Teacher: Juilliard School (1971-72)

    Coma 22 days, at age 5, after vehicle accident
    Hemorrhoid Operation 20-May-1958
    Hernia Operation Columbus Clinic, Milan, Italy (15-Jan-1963)
    Abortion 1966 (probably fictional)
    Drug Overdose barbiturates (26-May-1969)
    Renounced US Citizenship
    Nervous Breakdown
    Died Intestate
    Greek Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Amphetamines, Hemorrhoids

    Medea (27-Dec-1969)

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