George, Yvonne b. 1896 d. April 22, 1930 Singer. With a soprano voice and what many considered haunting violet eyes, she was popular in Paris music halls during the 1920's. The Surrealist Robert Desnos was obsessed with George and dedicated two volumes of poetry to her, "A La Mysterieuse" (1926) and "Les Tenebres" (1927). George knew Desnos but refused to become his lover; instead she used him to procure the heroin to which she was addicted. Suffering from tuberculosis, she retired from the stage in 1928 and moved to Genoa, where...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Città Metropolitana di Genova, Liguria, Italy
Luzzati, Emanuele b. June 3, 1921 d. January 26, 2007 Artist, Designer and Director. In the late 1940s, he began work as a set designer and became one of Italy's leading artists in the field. Best known for a colorful, dreamlike style, his images graced opera stages, television, movies and animated films. As a film director, he won Oscar nominations for his interpretation of Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" in 1965 and a second for "Pulcinella" in 1973. A versatile artist, he also created illustrations for children's books, decorations for cruise...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Città Metropolitana di Genova, Liguria, Italy
McNair, Eric Archibald b. January 16, 1894 d. August 12, 1918 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Calcutta, British India, he served as a Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment, British Army. On February 14, 1916 near Hooge, Belgium, when an enemy mine exploded Lieutenant McNair and a number his men were flung into the air and many were buried. Although much shaken, the he at once organized a party with a machine-gun to man the near edge of the crater and open rapid fire on the Germans who were advancing. They were driven back...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Città Metropolitana di Genova, Liguria, Italy Plot: CWCG section, I.B.32.
Parri, Ferruccio b. January 19, 1890 d. December 8, 1981 Italian Prime Minister. A native of Pinerolo, Italy, Parri served as the Prime Minister of Italy from June 21, 1945 to December 8, 1945. A veteran of World War I, Parri became active against Benito Mussolini's fascist regime and later joined the Giustizia e Liberta group. During World War II, he also became a member of the Italian resistance group. Parri also served as Italian Minister of the Interior in 1945, and was a made a Senator for life in 1963. Parri passed away in Rome, Italy, on...[Read More] Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Città Metropolitana di Genova, Liguria, Italy
Romani, Felice b. January 31, 1788 d. January 28, 1865 Opera Librettist. The finest Italian theatre poet of his era, he is probably best remembered for his fruitful association with composer Vincenzo Bellini. They wrote six operas together: "Il pirata" (1827), "La Straniera" (1829), "Zaira" (1829), "I Capuleti e i Montecchi"(1830), "La Sonnambula" (1831), "Norma" (1831), and "Beatrice di Tenda" (1834). He also provided the texts for Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" (1830) and "L'elisir d'amore" (1831), and operas by Rossini, Meyerbeer, Mercadante, and...[Read More] (Bio by: Bobb Edwards) Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno, Staglieno, Città Metropolitana di Genova, Liguria, Italy