It can be easily argued that Maria Callas– born Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York City– remains to this day, one of the most famous women in history.
In her heyday as the iconic opera soprano, Callas and her on and off-stage lifestyle commanded tens of thousands of media impressions and tabloid stories. Numerous books have been written on Callas’ life and career and to this day, her records remain best-sellers.
Dozens of books have been written about the diva’s life, including Nicholas Gage’s Greek Fire: The Story of Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis and Arianna Huffington’s Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend.
In honor of what would have been the late diva’s birthday, we’ve assembled our 11 favorite images. Rest in peace, Maria Callas— gone, but never forgotten.