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Lina Cavalieri (1874 - 1944) was an Italian opera singer known as the "world's most beautiful woman." Orphaned at the age of 15, she went to Paris where she took voice lessons, and made her opera debut in 1900. She married four times. After retiring from opera, Cavalieri ran a cosmetic salon in Paris, published a book, made motion pictures, and worked as a WWII volunteer nurse. She and her forth husband were killed during an Allied bombing raid in 1944.

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Lina Cavalieri, c1900, She was considered one the most beautiful woman in the world. As a young girl, she ran from the orphanage with a theatre group, made career as vaudeville singer first in Paris and soon all around Europe. In 1900 she debuted as opera singer, soon conquering the operahouses of Monte-Carlo, Paris and New York. She was famous for her hour-glass-like corsets, visible in photographs and portraits by Cesare Tallone and Giovanni Boldini.

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Lina Cavalieri (25 December 1874 – 7 February 1944) was an Italian operatic soprano known for her great beauty. Fornasetti used images of her face in 1000 plates.

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Addobbi festa compleanno Cavalieri per bambini

Unidentified piece, one of over 500 designs inspired by Lina Cavalieri, c. 1940s, Piero Fornasetti

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Fornasetti Plate - L'eclaireur - Farfetch.com

Fornasetti Plate

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Fornasetti made Lina Cavalieri the original cindy sherman

Fornasetti made Lina Cavalieri the original cindy sherman

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Sanctuaries, Dreams and Shadows: Lina Cavalieri - le Belle Epoque beauty and Italian Opera Star

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