Opera singer Marguerie Piazza dies at age 86
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Opera singer Marguerie Piazza dies at age 86

Memphis : TN : USA | Aug 05, 2012 at 2:32 PM PDT
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Memphis Tennessee. Marguerie Piazza who was born in New Orleans who is famous for her performances on Sid Caesar's "Your Show Of Shows" in 1950 died Thursday in Memphis at age of 86 due to cancer.

Piazza started to perform at age two at New Orleans dance revues. She was the daughter of Italian immigrants. She is a graduate of Loyola University college of music in New Orleans and studied at Louisiana State University (LSU).

She joined the New York City Opera in 1944 as the youngest member. She did performances for Sid Casear's National Broadcasting Company (NBC) "Your Show Of Shows" in 1950.

The Memphis Commerical Appeal obituary page says she donated copies of her performances on television to the University of Memphis music library.

After her opera career come to a close she performed in supper clubs for 18 years according to Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Piazza endured the death of three of four of her husbands and the suicide of one of her six children. Her autobiography is titled "Pagliacci Has Nothing On Me."

Piazza moved to Memphis in the 1970s and donated money to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis and to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Piazza will be held on Tuesday at 1:30pm at St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis.

News sources Memphis Commercial Appeal and WWLTV.com

George Vieto is based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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