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Beloved singer

Here’s a photo from the June 18 1934 edition of the Toronto Daily Star:

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Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1861-1936) was born Ernestine Rössler in what is now part of the Czech Republic. She picked up her hyphenated name the hard way: she married and divorced Johann Heink and then married and was widowed by Paul Schumann.

Her first public performance was in 1877. She became an American citizen in 1908, which led to her having children fighting on both sides during World War I. She unfortunately lost most of her money in the 1929 stock market crash.

A number of recordings of her exist on YouTube, including this 1917 recording of her singing “Danny Boy”.

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