Mario Lanza

Opera singer, Actor
Mario Lanza's life was the stuff of show business legend. The son of Italian immigrants who imbued him with a love for opera, he rose to greatness as both a singer and a movie star before a sudden, tragic death. Lanza's ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Music (9)

The Polar Express 2004 (Movie)

(Deck the Halls) (Song Performer)

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

("O Sole Mio") (Song Performer)

Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

("Sorrento") (Song Performer)

Just Me and Mario 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Bird 1988 (Movie)

("Be My Love") (Performer)

The Mario Lanza Story 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Mario Lanza Story 1988 (Movie)

(Performer)

Seven Hills of Rome 1956 (Movie)

("The Seven Hills Of Rome" "Arrivederci Roma" "M'Appari" "Qwesta O Quella" "All The Things You Are" "Come Dance With Me" "Lolita" "Ay, Ay, Ay" "Loveliest Night Of The Year" "Ti Voglio Benne Tanto Tanto" "Na Canzone Pe Fa Ammore" "Venticello Di Roma" "E' A (Song Performer)

The Student Prince 1954 (Movie)

(vocalist) (Prince Karl) (Performer)
Actor (7)

Come Prima 1958 (Movie)

Tonio Costa (Actor)

Serenade 1956 (Movie)

Damon Vincenti (Actor)

Seven Hills of Rome 1956 (Movie)

Marc Revere (Actor)

That Midnight Kiss (Movie)

Johnny Donnetti (Actor)

The Great Caruso (Movie)

Enrico Caruso (Actor)

The Toast of New Orleans (Movie)

Pepe Abellard Duvalle (Actor)

Winged Victory (Movie)

Chorus member (Actor)

Biography

Mario Lanza's life was the stuff of show business legend. The son of Italian immigrants who imbued him with a love for opera, he rose to greatness as both a singer and a movie star before a sudden, tragic death. Lanza's rich, mellifluous voice and darkly handsome looks sent him from the opera stage to motion picture sound stages in less than a decade. Viewed by MGM as a "singing Clark Gable," he exercised his vocal abilities and considerable charm in a handful of films, including "The Great Caruso" (1951), a biopic of his boyhood idol, opera singer Enrico Caruso. But health issues, including wildly fluctuating weight and a dependence on crash diets took a serious toll, and by the late 1950s, he was no longer in demand as an actor and unable to fulfill his concert commitments. His death in 1959 was an all-too-early end to a career that might have spanned two worlds of entertainment, but instead served as a reminder of the fleeting nature of fame.

Relationships

Ellisa Bregman

Daughter
Mother, Betty Hicks raised along with her three siblings by Lanza's parents

Antonio Cocozza

Father
Originally from Naples, Italy raised four grandchildren after the death of son Mario and his wife

Maria Cocozza

Mother
Originally from Madrid, Spain raised four grandchildren after the death of son Mario and his wife

Betty Hicks

Wife
Died in 1960 at age 37, five months after her husband's death

Colleen Lanza

Daughter
Mother, Betty Hicks raised along with her three siblings by Lanza's parents killed in 1997 at the age of 48 when she was struck by two passing vehicles on a highway

Damon Lanza

Son
Mother, Betty Hicks raised along with his three siblings by Lanza's parents died in August 2008 at the age of 55

Marc Lanza

Son
Born c. 1954 mother, Betty Hicks orphaned at age five raised along with his three siblings by Lanza's parents died in 1991 of a heart attack at the age of 37

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