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Gladys Swarthout Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: December 25, 1900 in Deepwater, Missouri
Died: July 8, 1969 in Florence, Italy
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Gladys Swarthout (1900-1969), who had made her operatic debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1929, was one of the Met's finest mezzo sopranos, performing a repertoire of 25 roles, including Carmen, her signature role. After a number of her peers, including Jeanette MacDonald, Lily Pons and Grace Moore, found success in films, Swarthout was courted by Paramount Pictures and made her silver screen debut in 1936 in Rose of the Ranch, in which she played dual roles. Although her films, which also included Give Us This Night (1936), Champagne Waltz (1937), Romance in the Dark (1938) and Ambush (1939), fizzled at the box office, Swarthout went on to enjoy a successful radio career. She not only guest starred on a number of radio shows, but Swarthout also hosted her own radio show in New York City, and she was named the No. 1 classical radio singer during WWII.
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