Walska was an opera singer who became famous for her numerous marriages to wealthy men, and for her Lotusland garden in California. With her wealth she purchased the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and the Duchess of Marlborough Faberge Egg. She is considered to be the source for the character Susan Alexander in the film Citizen Kane.
Albani was a major opera singer in her time. She was one of the first Canadian singers to achieve international fame and subsequently travel across North America and Europe. She was made a Dame in 1925.
Saint-Saens was a major European composer and pianist of the 19th Century. He is best known for his work The Carnival of the Animals, and the opera Samson and Delilah. His students include Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel.
Gui was a respected conductor of the 20th Century, working with such names as Arturo Toscanini and Thomas Beecham. He founded the Maggio Musicale Florentino festival in 1933, and was the musical director of the Glyndebourne Festival between 1951-1963.
Shakur was one of the most influential rappers in history. His last album during his lifetime, “All Eyez on Me” is one of the best selling albums in the United States. He was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting when he was 25 years old.
Holly was a major figure in the early Rock n Roll scene. He was killed in a plane crash at 22 years of age, along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. The event became known as ‘the day the music died’ as referenced in the song ‘American Pie’.