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Lily Pons, the French soprano, was born Alice Josephine Pons at Draguignan, near Cannes, on 12 April 1898. After operatic successes in Europe she was invited to sing at the New York Met in 1931, and became an American citizen in 1940. She also appeared in several films. She died on 13 February 1976.