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Beverly Sills

Beverly Sills(singer, born May 26, 1929, Brooklyn, New York - d. July 2, 2007)  The evolution of "Bubbly" Silverman, the little girl from Brooklyn who sang Rinso White radio commercials, to Beverly ("Bubbles") Sills, international coloratura soprano of the first magnitude, was a long one. When she pulled down the curtain on her singing career in 1980, at the age of 51, in order to, in her words, "put my voice to bed so it will go quietly, with pride," she left a legacy of operatic music destined to last in the recordings of nearly all her celebrated roles. She also gave her full attention to being the general director of the New York City Opera, a role she had assumed the preceding year upon the resignation of Julius Rubel. Belle Miriam Silverman, or "Bubbly," was the daughter of Morris Silverman, a Romanian immigrant insurance broker, and Shirley (Bahn) Silverman, who was from Ukraine.