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Marion Talley
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Description: Before the Broadcast Marion Talley, lovely prima donna, with Joseph Koestner (left) and Kenneth Carpenter, just before her weekly Ry-Krisp broadcast on Friday, at 10:00 p.m., EDST, over the NBC-Red network. Koestner and his concert orchestra supply the accompaniment for the former Metropolitan Opera star, while Carpenter handles the announcements. NBC photo 7/22/36 Marion Talley with Joseph Koestner, conductor Chicago Opera and Ken Carpenter, announcer. Marion Talley was a student of violin, piano and singing, but her meteoric career came as a result of her lyric coloratura soprano voice. In her teens she appeared with The Kansas City Opera Company in "The Bohemian Girl" and "Mignon," before studying in New York and Italy. In 1925 she was the youngest singer to be engaged by The Metropolitan Opera Association for leading soprano roles. When she made her decut enthusiastic fellow citizens came East in private railroad cars to applaud her. In 1926 with other opera stars, she appeared in Warner Brothers elaborate "Don Juan," the film perhaps best known for John Barrymore's 127 kisses. CBS featured Marion Talley in The Ford Program premiere, and she sang over WEAF for RCA Victor, Packard and in 1936 from Hollywood in Irvin Cobb's elaborate "Plantation Review." In that same year she was signed by NBC to a 52-week ironclad contract, and reatured by Ry-Krisp. After a few concert tours Marion Talley retired to her ranch at the height of her career, a pretty girl with a pretty voice.

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