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Maria Callas Google Doodle: The case against labeling our little divas (+video)

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Georges Prêtre, Orchestre National de France, 1965
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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Maria Callas, who left behind not only an amazing body of operatic work but also the perfect template for a classic diva on a collision course with misery, reminding us that a “Diva in training” shirt on a little one isn’t really a good label.

Maria Callas was born Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York City on December 3, 1923. She became a celebrated opera diva for her stunning voice and emotional delivery. But Ms. Callas died a mysterious, brokenhearted, lonely death in Paris in 1977.

While modern-day moms may think it’s cute and trendy to label themselves and their daughters as divas, wearing T-shirts or jewelry proclaiming it, the truth is that with being a great diva comes great misery and loneliness.

Perhaps that’s because while divas are fun to visit, nobody wants to live with them.

Callas’ life story could rival any opera. She lived with great passion, touched the heights and plummeted to the depths of emotion. She captured the attention of the wealthiest man in the world, Aristotle Onassis, only to lose him to the former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

When Jackie became Jackie-O, that was the end of Callas, who became a recluse in Paris and died a mysterious death there at the age of 55.

Callas fit the classic definition of “diva” in the Etymology Dictionary Online:  "distinguished woman singer, prima donna”; "goddess, fine lady”; "divine (one).” Callas was, in many ways, “divine” in the way she transformed her operatic roles into beings of such depth and beauty that they will live forever. To hear her sing was to touch grace.


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