Sophia Cecilia

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Sophia Cecilia was born in Manhattan back in 1923 to George and Evangelia. Her parents are a whole different issue as they were not compatible other than having children. Her father was laid back while her mother was demanding and controlling.   At around the age of three her mother noted Sophia singing and recognized a talent. At the age of five her mother forced her to sing and she hated it.

With her parents’ marriage deteriorating her mother moved to Athens in 1937. The relationship between her and her mother was not a good one. it was reported that Sophia was forced to work or sing by her mother. She wrote about the experience saying, “My sister was slim and beautiful and friendly, my mother always preferred her. I was the ugly duckling, fat and clumsy and unpopular. It was a cruel thing to make a child feel ugly and unwanted.”

In 1950 she took her mother along with her to Mexico in an attempt to repair the relationship, it didn’t happen and she never spoke to her mother again. BTW if you don’t recognize the name let’s try Sophia Cecelia Kalos better known as Maria Callas. She is recognized as one of the most renowned and influential opera singers of the 20th century. Sadly, she died in 1977 from a heart attack. So much talent so little time.

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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I never knew that she was born in the United States.  She is one of the sad people to me in history - an unhappy childhood and a relationship with Onassis in which it seems that she got tossed in favor of Jackie Kennedy. 

Sep 17, 2016 09:41 PM #1
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Thanks for sharing, sounds like a hard life.

Sep 17, 2016 09:51 PM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I never knew the back story of Maria Callus.  Thanks for sharing it. 

Sep 17, 2016 10:01 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Back to normal. No clue! Enjoy your day!

Sep 17, 2016 10:15 PM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Seems most of the good singers die to early!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 17, 2016 10:26 PM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. So sad to feel inloved and unappreciated. What a wonderful talent.

Sep 17, 2016 10:34 PM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

WOW got me on this one. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Sep 17, 2016 10:39 PM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

One can argue that overbearing parents are  a serious problem, but in this case the result was for the benefit of our ears.

Sep 17, 2016 11:55 PM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I knew quite a bit about Maria Callas, but not about her origins in New York City, James.

Sep 18, 2016 01:35 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Maria Callas was an amazing woman.  She was the girlfriend of Onassis!  Her voice was magnificent.  We are lucky that her music still exists on recordings.  A

Sep 18, 2016 01:43 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Maria Callas was an incredible talent and anyone who knows opera knows she was one of the greatest of anytime.

Sep 18, 2016 12:18 PM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I do recall Maria Callas and her relationship with Aristotle Onassis. She had a beautiful voice, but I felt a sad life. She died too young.

Sep 18, 2016 01:01 PM #12
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  I've heard recordings from Maria Callas and she was a wonderful singer.

Sep 18, 2016 08:36 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

The only thing I knew about Maria was that I loved her voice. Thanks for the rest of the story James Dray 

Sep 18, 2016 11:01 PM #14
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a sad life, but an interesting story. Thanks for sharing, James. 

Sep 19, 2016 02:00 PM #15
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