Anna Maria Alberghetti

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Anna Maria Alberghetti
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Anna Maria Alberghetti in 1958
Born (1936-05-15) May 15, 1936 (age 83)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1942–present
Claudio Guzmán (m. 19641974)
(divorced) (2 children)
ChildrenAlexandra (b. 1966)
Pilar (b. 1970) [1] [2]
Relatives Carla Alberghetti

Anna Maria Alberghetti (born May 15, 1936) is an Italian-American operatic singer and actress. She became a U.S. citizen in 1961. [3]



Born in Pesaro, Marche, in central Italy, she starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1962 as Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival! [4] (she tied with Diahann Carroll for the musical No Strings ).

Pesaro Comune in Marche, Italy

Pesaro is a city and comune in the Italian region of Marche, capital of the Province of Pesaro e Urbino, on the Adriatic Sea. According to the 2011 census, its population was 95,011, making it the second most populous city in the Marche, after Ancona. Pesaro was dubbed "Cycling City" by Italian environmentalist association Legambiente in recognition of its extensive network of bicycle paths and promotion of cycling. It is also known as "City of Music" as it is the birthplace of the composer Gioacchino Rossini. In 2015 the Italian Government applied for Pesaro to be declared a "Creative City" in UNESCO's World Heritage sites. In 2017 Pesaro received the European City of Sport award together with Aosta, Cagliari and Vicenza.

Marche Region of Italy

Marche, or the Marches, is one of the twenty regions of Italy. The name of the region derives from the plural name of marca, originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo. Marche is well known for its shoemaking tradition, with the finest and most luxurious Italian footwear being manufactured in this region.

Italy republic in Southern Europe

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a European country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Italian Alps and surrounded by several islands. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and traversed along its length by the Apennines, Italy has a largely temperate seasonal climate. The country covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and shares open land borders with France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in the Tunisian sea (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the fourth-most populous member state of the European Union.

Alberghetti was a child prodigy. Her father was an opera singer and concert master of the Rome Opera Company. Her mother was a pianist. At age six, Anna Maria sang in a concert on the Isle of Rhodes with a 100-piece orchestra. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 13. [4] At 15, she was introduced to American film audiences in Frank Capra's 1951 musical Here Comes the Groom , which starred Bing Crosby. At 16, she was Red Skelton's opening act during his Sahara Hotel engagement in Las Vegas.

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Alberghetti appeared twice on the cover of Life magazine. [5] [6] She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than 50 times. [7] She guest-starred in 1957 on NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show . [8] That same year, she performed in the premiere episode of The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC.

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She co-starred with Dean Martin in 1957's Ten Thousand Bedrooms and with Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella , not long after the Martin and Lewis comedy team parted ways.

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Albergetti also appeared in 1955's The Last Command , which starred Sterling Hayden, and had the leading role in the western Duel at Apache Wells in 1957.

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In 1959, the 22-year-old Alberghetti played the lead in "The Conchita Vasquez Story" of NBC's Wagon Train . She was cast as part of a gang of Comancheros who intend to attack the wagon train to steal rifles headed to the United States Army. Instead, she decides to leave the Comancheros and move west after she falls in love with scout Flint McCullough, played by Robert Horton. Tragically, as the episode ends, Conchita is killed by a bullet from her own people when they ambush the wagon train. [9]

On March 1, 1961, she appeared as a guest contestant on the television series I've Got A Secret . She guest-starred on The Andy Williams Show on March 28, 1963 and performed on The Hollywood Palace variety program's episode of May 2, 1964.

Alberghetti has toured in many theatrical productions and continues with her popular one-woman cabaret act. She had roles in a pair of 2001 films, The Whole Shebang and Friends & Family .

Her sister, Carla, also became a musical artist who appeared in many stage productions. She eventually became Anna Maria's replacement in her Tony Award-winning role on Broadway. She has a brother, Paul Alberghetti who is an entertainment attorney and film producer. He is married to filmmaker, Michele Noble.

Alberghetti appeared in television commercials for Good Seasons salad dressing during the 1970s.

She was married to television producer-director Claudio Guzmán from 1964 to 1974.

In 1965 Alberghetti went on tour and performed on stage with Bob Hope in Okinawa for U.S. Servicemen.

Alberghetti currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Gulfshore Playhouse, Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre.


Stage work

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Alberghetti in Carnival!

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