Lawrence Tibbett

Opera Singer
Born Nov 16, 1896

Lawrence Mervil Tibbett was a great American opera singer and recording artist who also performed as a film actor and radio personality. A baritone, he sang with the New York Metropolitan Opera company more than 600 times from 1923 to 1950. He performed diverse musical theatre roles, ranging from Iago in Met productions of Otello to Captain Hook in Peter Pan in a touring show.… Read More

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1896 Birth Lawrence Tibbett was born Lawrence Mervil Tibbet, (with a single final "t") on November 16, 1896 in Bakersfield, California.
1903 7 Years Old His father was a part-time deputy sheriff, killed in a shootout with desperado Jim McKinney in 1903. … Read More


1915 19 Years Old He graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1915. … Read More


1923 27 Years Old Tibbett studied in New York City with Frank La Forge and in 1923 at the age of 26, he signed his first contract, for $60 per week, with the New York Metropolitan Opera, using the name "Tibbett" (a spelling he had used occasionally in his youth). … Read More


1927 31 Years Old Tibbett traveled to California in 1927 to sing the lead role in the Grove Play St. Francis of Assisi, and it was during that trip to San Francisco when he met ex-New Yorker Jennie Marston Burgard, whom he married in 1932. … Read More
1930 34 Years Old His Hollywood sojourn proved brief, although he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his first film, The Rogue Song, a 1930 MGM production with Laurel & Hardy, shot in two-color Technicolor. (Only a few minutes of footage of the film, as well as the complete soundtrack, have been found.) Soon afterward, he starred in another MGM musical film, New Moon, opposite Grace Moore and The Cuban Love Song (1931), with the Mexican Spitfire, Lupe VĂ©lez.
1935 39 Years Old In 1935, he made Metropolitan for 20th Century Fox. … Read More


1936 40 Years Old 1 More Event
His final film was Under Your Spell in 1936. … Read More


1960 64 Years Old He died on July 15, 1960, after hitting his head on a table during a fall in his apartment. … Read More
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