Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend

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Cooper Square Press, Oct 14, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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For millions of people, the great soprano Maria Callas (1923-1977) remains the focus of such unparalleled fascination that there is still no higher praise for singers than "...the best since Callas." In this biography, Callas' career is brought brilliantly to life, from her transformation from a chubby, painfully shy girl into a magnificent, celebrated soprano, to her conflict with her larger-than-life image. Huffington makes this struggle, which was at the center of her life, also the center of the biography. Using a wealth of previously unpublished material and numerous first-hand interviews, Huffington documents Callas' interminable conflict with her mother, her deeply emotional relationship with her voice, the gradual unraveling of her first marriage, her passionate love affair with of Aristotle Onassis, her agony and humiliation at his leaving her, and her secret abortion.
 

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After reading this book one feels that one not only knows La Callas, but Maria herself. A must read for anyone wanting to know more about this fascinating woman.

Contents

Preface
9
19131936
17
19231941
30
19411945
43
19451947
55
19471949
66
19491951
82
19511954
103
Photo Section Follows
192
19601963
219
19631968
256
19681975
295
19751977
337
Epilogue
349
Acknowledgments
355
Source Notes
359

19541956
131
19561958
158
19581960
188

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Arianna Huffington, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Picasso, How to Overthrow the Government, and The Fourth Instinct, divides her time between Los Angeles and Washington, D. C.

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