Mary Garden Poster

Trivia (4)

Opera star

One of her most famous roles was written for, and is usually sung by, a man--that of Jean, the juggler, in Jules Massenet's opera "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame" (aka "The Juggler of Notre Dame").

A great beauty as well as a great singer, she was the subject of a famous incident when she arived at a dinner party wearing a backless, strapless gown that didn't leave much to the imagination. When an older man asked what was holding the gown up, Garden replied, "Two things, sir. Your age and my discretion."

Had the distinction of appearing at virtually every great opera house in the world, except the Metropolitan. When asked why, she always maintained that she was, quite simply, never asked.