Pagliacci Has Nothing On Me!
Paperback, 240 Pages
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Marguerite Piazza’s autobiography reads more like a popular novel. Pagliacci Has Nothing On Me! recounts her rise to stardom in radio, TV, grand opera and as a Las Vegas headliner from her New Orleans childhood as the grand-daughter of immigrants. Miss Piazza reveals fascinating stories about the very birth of television and the Golden Age of Entertainment. The book delves behind the scenes with celebrities, managers, producers, socialites, her four husbands, six children, President Nixon, the McCarthy era and her near death experience. Variety once wrote that she was “an opera star who knows how to please both the longhairs and the crew cuts.” And the broad appeal of her book is no exception. Pagliacci Has Nothing On Me! is a mesmerizing and sometimes harrowing journey through the life and times of an unforgettable Diva.
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Dec 14, 2006"A Must for Entertainment History Buffs" Once one of the world's greatest sopranos, Marguerite Piazza's story is one well worth reading. A true diva of the opera, Ms. Piazza was also a regular on one of the most popular television shows of the 1950s, Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows." Later, she created a superb supper club act that was a hit in Vegas and other venues and was hand-picked by Danny Thomas to oversee his pet charity, The St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis. This beautiful woman's life wasn't without adversity, but she came through it unscathed. Although there is no shortage of talent today, current entertainers seem to lack something that Ms. Piazza had in abundance: a ton of class to go with her extraordinary talent.
Nov 25, 2006"Long Overdue" Few lives have been so dramatic as Marguerite's. I grabbed this book as soon as it became available and read it in just two sittings. Its pace never slows. It is the story of a one-in-a-million person and the determination that made her so. It is full of anecdotes about good people and bad people, famous people and personal acquaintances. It is lavishly adorned with photographs. And it tells a story, (in outline form, at least), of a life both triumphant and tragic. At the peak of her career, Marguerite was arguably the best lyric soprano in the world--and the world was willing to recognize it. Yet, while they showered her with adulation, others close to her would stab her with treachery, avarice, and betrayal. She overcame many things that would have killed a lesser person, and she serves as an inspiration and example for others who struggle with personal tragedy. This is not a scholarly book. It is not a critical biography. It offers nary a footnote. It... More > comes from the heart, just as if the reader were sitting at the kitchen table eating soup with Marguerite herself. But it is not a cheap book, like so many, dashed off in a few weeks by a slick ghostwriter in order to make a quick buck. One senses that tears and blood went into the writing of this book, and it tells the truth as honestly as charity permits. It is good that this story has finally been told. Why no one has done it before now is a mystery to me.< Less
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- Marguerite Bonnett (Standard Copyright License)
- Second Edition
- Marguerite Bonnett
- February 9, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.92 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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