Collection Spotlight: Marguerite Piazza Papers

Marguerite Piazza program

A native of New Orleans, Marguerite Piazza graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in music in June 1940. She then attended graduate school in music at Louisiana State University. Following university study, Piazza began her career as a professional singer. Much of her early work, roughly from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s, was as an opera soprano. Her performances included stints with the New York City Opera and with the Metropolitan Opera Company. Afterwards she performed in television, especially on NBC’s Show of Shows, in theater, night clubs, and in other forms of entertainment.

The Marguerite Piazza Papers roughly cover the years 1939 and 1974, with the majority of content from 1945-1960. They are arranged into two series based on types of material: Programs and Playbills and Photographs. Each series is then arranged chronologically. These programs and photographs document Marguerite Piazza’s singing career throughout the United States in operas, musicals, television, nightclubs, and other performance venues.

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Marguerite Piazza program, 1952

Marguerite Piazza program, 1952

Marguerite Piazza program

Marguerite Piazza in "Happy As Larry" on Broadway with Burgess Meredith (also director), 1950

Piazza aboard American Airlines flight to Memphis after receiving the "Golden Stocking Award" from the hosiery industry for having the most glamorous legs in American, 1956.

The Marguerite Piazza Papers are available for research in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room in Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM till 4:30 PM.

Bonus: Piazza on Your Show of Shows, 1950:

And on the Dean Martin Variety Show in 1966:

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