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May 25, 1929
Beverly Sills (Belle Miriam Silverman) was an American
operatic soprano who enjoyed success in the 1960s and 1970s. She was
famous for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in operas around
the world and on recordings.
After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager
of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln
Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in
2005. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the
prevention and treatment of birth defects.
Died: July 2, 2007
On June 28, 2007, the Associated Press and CNN reported that Sills
was hospitalized as "gravely ill," from lung cancer. With her
daughter at her bedside, Beverly Sills succumbed to cancer, at the age
Where are they buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City,
- Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla, New York
- Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
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