Music: Beverly Sills: The Fastest Voice Alive

IT was a crisis in the Brooklyn household of Morris Silverman. Ten-year-old Belle had announced that she wanted to become an opera star, "not an opera singer, but a star." Papa was appalled. He had not objected to the piano and singing lessons for little Belle, or "Bubbles," as the family called her. He had not even objected when she sang on the radio with Uncle Bob Emory's Rainbow House, and later on the Major Bowes Capital Family Hour. After all, this was the era of Shirley...

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