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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
02-21-2020
12:43 AM ET (US)
I didn't realize until now, that Orson Bean just died 2 weeks ago, on Feb 7th, age 91. I remember him well, very witty. Ciao.
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Stephen of Las VegasPerson was signed in when posted
02-20-2020
11:56 AM ET (US)
I don't remember where I read it, but I have a recollection from years ago that Colleen was struck by one car while she was exiting the vehicle she had been driving and had just parked, and then she was hit by a second car. I thought of her a few days ago when I read that Orson Bean was hit by two cars and killed while he was attempting to cross in the middle of a street, the second car killing him. I've read most of Lanza's biographies and also some of the other publications from Damon, and have also been a reader of this and other Lanza sites, so I don't recall where I may have read this.
Edited 02-20-2020 12:04 PM
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Wendy StilwellPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2020
10:14 AM ET (US)
I downloaded 'When We're talked about tomorrow' some years ago from Amazon.
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Valeria PugiottoPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2020
12:17 AM ET (US)
I think Terry tried to protect Damon from that creep of Dolfi, and Damon did not want to hear it. Damon looked as if he was under a spell with Dolfi.
Edited 02-19-2020 12:19 AM
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2020
04:29 PM ET (US)
I didn't know, Colleen's first husband was Venezuelan. I heard, her second husband, Pat Davis is nephew of silent movie comedian , Harold Lloyd. Is that true ? Harold Lloyd's wife was Mildred Davis, who appeared in some of his silent movies. Does anyone know how the accident happened ? Wasn't she watching , while crossing the street or was it hit and run ? How sad ! I heard, Patty Kate Johnson, daughter of Kathryn Grayson, was with her, at time of her passing. I also heard, Damon and Marc invested money in a motorcycle sales business, in Palm Springs, Calif., but lost money in it. That's sad. I also heard, Terry had a falling out with Damon, which was sad.
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Valeria PugiottoPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2020
11:26 AM ET (US)
I have recently made a research on Betty. When she died, several newspapers wrote that her doctor said she had died of asphyxiation. She had a serious breathing problem in the weeks before she died.
It is true she was heartbroken, and this may well have caused the physical problems that led to her death, but I do not believe she committed suicide.
Edited 02-18-2020 02:28 PM
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2020
12:21 AM ET (US)
To say that Betty Lanza killed herself may not be true. She may have accidentally overdosed on her medication. Suicide is probably not the cause. Ciao.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2020
12:09 AM ET (US)
I have a record by Coleen Lanza, titled "When We're Talked About Tomorrow". Yes, she sounded very similar to Nancy Sinatra junior. Same producer. I heard that Damon and Marc had a Pizza franchise at one time, but it was not a financial success. Ciao.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
11:50 PM ET (US)
Los Angeles Times
Damon Lanza
LANZA, Damon Beloved son of Mario and Betty Lanza passed away August 16, 2008 at age 55. He is survived by his sister, Ellisa Lanza Bregman, his brother-in-law, Robert B. Bregman, his nephews, Tony and Nick Bregman, his uncle, Terry Robinson, and East Coast family members. He was loved and will be missed. A private family service and burial was held at Holy Cross Cemetery Wednesday, August 26, 2008.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
11:49 PM ET (US)
Mark Lanza
Fourth and youngest child of actor and legendary singer Mario Lanza, and mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Hicks Lanza. Born in Los Angeles, California, he lived with his parents in California and in Rome, Italy, until 1959, when his father suddenly died of a heart attack. His mother returned with the family to live in Los Angeles, and five months after the death of Mario Lanza, Betty Lanza killed herself in grief, leaving behind four children. Marc was five years old when he was orphaned. Marc and the other three children were raised by their paternal grandparents, Tony and Maria Cocozza at their home in California. In his youth, Marc was considered a pleasant and exuberant young man, but turned troubled and grew reclusive as he grew older. He shared the family house at 622 Toyopa Drive with his older brother Damon for several years. The property, which had appreciated to over $1 million, was lost after they mortgaged it to acquire venture capital for a misguided investment in a failed pizzeria and sportsbar. The family house was later demolished so that a new home could be built on the lot. He reportedly died of a heart attack in 1991, at age 37.
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Barbara CliftonPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
11:48 PM ET (US)
(aka)diane cox
Here is write up as it appears on "find a grave" site

Colleen Lanza
Daughter of actor and legendary singer Mario Lanza, and mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Hicks Lanza. Born in Los Angeles, California, she lived with her parents in California and in Rome, Italy, until 1959, when her father suddenly died of a heart attack. Her mother returned with the family to live in Los Angeles, and five months after the death of Mario Lanza, Betty Lanza killed herself in grief, leaving behind four children. Colleen was twelve years old when she was orphaned. Colleen and the other three children were raised by their paternal grandparents, Tony and Maria Cocozza at their home in California. Encouraged by Lanza Producer, Joe Pasternak, she had a short-lived singing career while working with Lee Hazelwood, a protégé of Nancy Sinatra. Her voice, while considered harmonious and pleasant, was undistinguished and her career failed to take off, despite the Lanza name. On July 23, 1971, she married Alberto Caldera, Jr. the nephew of the President of the Republic of Venezuela, however, this marriage soon failed, and she divorced Alberto. To support herself, she became a screenwriter. She married again, to Patrick Davis, a much better choice in that she remained happily married to him for 20 years, until her death in 1997. During this time, she worked to keep her father’s legacy in music alive. On July 19, 1997, she was struck by a car while crossing the street near her home, and died on August 4, at the age of 48.
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Fred DayPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
11:46 PM ET (US)
Martino: Yes, Marc Lanza was the youngest of the 4 Lanza children, and the first to die, in June 1991, at age only 37, same age as his mother Betty, a year younger than Mario. According to Terry Robinson, Marc was born with a tiny hole in his heart, that slowly grew larger as he grew older. I do not know if this condition could be cured or prevented. Ciao.
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
11:35 PM ET (US)
When Colleen, Marc, Damon passed away, were their obituaries in newspapers ? I didn't see anything about their passings in newspaper, here, in Florida. Did The Los Angeles Times mention their passings ?
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Kristine CimmyPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
11:32 PM ET (US)
Marc Lanza passed away from a heart problem, I heard. I heard about Colleen being hit by a car and eventually passed away from the injuries and we know, Damon passed away from a heart attack, sadly. Colleen tried to have an acting career, was studying at M-G-M, where she met Richard Chamberlain, who was filming "Dr. Kildare" t.v. series, at the time. He told her , you have to work hard to achieve your goal. I heard she did make a recording, sounded something like Nancy Sinatra, Jr.'s style. She resembled Nancy Sinatra, Jr. Then, I read, she was a screenplay writer. Does anyone know what movie screenplays, she wrote ? What were Marc's and Damon's chosen careers ? Damon was promoting his father. I heard they eventually sold their house in Pacific Palisades.
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Martino1Person was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
07:13 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the correction. I did not know it was Colleen in that picture and I guess I forgot (or never knew) that she was Mario's and Betty's firstborn. I did read somewhere she tried a musical career but was not successful. I also read of her tragic death in a pedestrian accident. Yes, truly, the Lanza saga would make a dramatic opera for sure. We all know about Damon but they also had another son, younger I believe, named Marc. I don't know a thing about him but believe he also died young.
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Julie PagePerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2020
03:40 PM ET (US)
Che Gelida never fails to amaze and enthrall, no matter how often it's heard. Only Mario. Martino, the little girl in the photo is Colleen, their firstborn. She died after being struck by two autos.She was 48 years old. The story of their lives is truly as tragic as any opera. Thankfully, there were many wonderful times as well.
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