Talley, Marion, American soprano; b. Nevada, Mo., Dec. 20, 1906; d. Los Angeles, Jan. 3, 1983. She sang in churches in Kansas City, Mo., and at 16 appeared in Mignon there. Following training from Frank La Forge in N.Y., she completed her studies in Europe. On Feb. 17, 1926, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Gilda and created a stir as an American find. However, her success was short-lived. She sang at the Metropolitan for only 3 seasons and then made sporadic opera and recital appearances. In 1936 she sang on the radio and then returned to opera in 1940, but her career soon waned.
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