Music: Emotionated Singer

Enrico Caruso, probably the most popular singer of all time, lived a life as tempestuous, verbena-scented and romantic as any Verdi libretto. He was already a mature (45) and wealthy idol (and the father of two illegitimate sons) when he met convent-reared Dorothy Park Benjamin, courted her under the disapproving eye of her blue-blooded U.S. father, married her and made her one of America's most toasted women. With operatic fervor, he plunged into his new role: the impassioned husband and father.

This week Mrs. Caruso, a handsome, white-haired woman in her early 50s,...

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