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Alma Gluck (b. May 11, 1884 - d. October 27, 1938) was an American soprano, one of the world's most famous female singers at the peak of her career (circa 1910).
Gluck was born as Reba Feinsohn to a Jewish family in Iaşi, Romania, the daughter of Zara and Leon Feinsohn. Gluck moved to the United States at a young age. Although her initial success came at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Gluck later concertized widely in America and became an early recording artist. Her recording of "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" for the Victor Talking Machine Co. was the first celebrity recording by a classical musician to sell one million copies. Gluck was a founder of the American Woman's Association.
Marcia Davenport was the child of her first marriage (to Bernard Glick, a dentist); Alma Gluck later married violinist Efrem Zimbalist and had two children, Efrem Jr. (Stephanie Zimbalist's father) and Maria.
She retired to New Hartford, Connecticut to raise her family in 1925. Alma Gluck died at the age of 54 from liver failure.
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