Anna Maria Alberghetti
|Anna Maria Alberghetti|
Anna Maria Alberghetti in 1958
15 May 1936 |
|Spouse(s)||Claudio Guzmán (m. 1964–74) (divorced) (2 children)|
|Children||Alexandra (b. 1966)
Pilar (b. 1970)
Anna Maria Alberghetti (born 15 May 1936) is an Italian operatic singer and actress.
Alberghetti was a child prodigy. Her father was an opera singer and concert master of the Rome Opera Company. Her mother was a pianist. At age six, Anna Maria sang in a concert on the Isle of Rhodes with a 100-piece orchestra. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 13. At 15, she was introduced to American film audiences in Frank Capra's 1951 musical Here Comes the Groom, which starred Bing Crosby. At 16, she was Red Skelton's opening act during his Sahara Hotel engagement in Las Vegas.
Alberghetti appeared twice on the cover of Life magazine.  She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than 50 times. She guest-starred in 1957 on NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show. That same year, she performed in the premiere episode of The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC.
In 1959, the 22-year-old Alberghetti played the lead in "The Conchita Vasquez Story" of NBC's Wagon Train. She was cast as part of a gang of Comancheros who intend to attack the wagon train to steal rifles headed to the United States Army. Instead, she decides to leave the Comancheros and move west after she falls in love with scout Flint McCullough, played by Robert Horton. Tragically, as the episode ends, Conchita is killed by a bullet from her own people when they ambush the wagon train.
On March 1, 1961, she appeared as a guest contestant on the television series I've Got A Secret. She guest-starred on The Andy Williams Show on March 28, 1963 and performed on The Hollywood Palace variety program's episode of May 2, 1964.
Her sister, Carla, also became a musical artist who appeared in many stage productions. She eventually became Anna Maria's replacement in her Tony Award-winning role on Broadway. She also had a brother named Gorge.
Alberghetti appeared in television commercials for Good Seasons salad dressing during the 1970s.
She was married to television producer-director Claudio Guzmán from 1964 to 1974.
Alberghetti currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Gulfshore Playhouse, Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre.
- The Medium (1951)
- Here Comes the Groom (1951)
- The Stars Are Singing (1953)
- The Last Command (1955)
- Duel at Apache Wells (1957)
- Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
- Cinderfella (1960)
- Friends & Family (2001)
- The Whole Shebang (2001)
- Rose-Marie (1960)
- Carnival! (1961)
- Fanny (1963; 1968)
- The Fantasticks (1968)
- West Side Story (1964)
- The Most Happy Fella (1969)
- Cabaret (1970)
- Kismet (1971)
- The Student Prince (1976)
- The Sound of Music (1978; 1985)
- Side by Side by Sondheim (1980)
- Camelot (1981)
- The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (2000)
- Senior Class (2007)
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