- NAME: Marian Anderson
- OCCUPATION: Singer, Diplomat
- BIRTH DATE: February 27, 1897
- DEATH DATE: April 08, 1993
- Did You Know?: In 1955, Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- PLACE OF DEATH: Portland, Oregon
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Deemed one of the finest contraltos of her time, Marian Anderson became the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955.
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In front of a crowd of more than 75,000, Anderson offered up a riveting performance that was broadcast live for millions of radio listeners.
Over the next several decades of her life, Anderson's stature only grew. In 1961 she performed the national anthem at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration. Two years later, Kennedy honored the singer with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
After retiring from performing in 1965, Anderson set up her life on her farm in Connecticut. In 1991, the music world honored her with a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Her final years were spent in Portland, Oregon, where she'd moved in with her nephew. She died there of natural causes on April 8, 1993.
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