Like any great diva, Geraldine Farrar sang her way into the hearts of many.
Born in Melrose, Mass., she was the daughter of two talented musicians. When she reached the age of 12, her parents decided her voice deserved proper training, and four years of study in New York and Boston followed.
When she was 16, her family staked everything on a trip to Europe for advanced study. Three lesson-packed years later, Geraldine made her debut at 19, performing the role of Marguerite in "Faust" at the Berlin Royal Opera House.
Warmly received by European critics, she continued her studies of French and Italian opera. She made her debut in the Metropolitan Opera House, her ultimate goal, at 24. During her years with the Metropolitan, she played a number of high profile roles including "Madame Butterfly" and "Violetta."
Her sweet soprano voice, dark hair, blue eyes and figure made her the darling of audiences in what she referred to as "that golden era."
In addition to singing and acting, Farrar wrote songs and two autobiographies.