April 15, 1927
Hot Springs (Garland County) native Mary Kidd Lewis, who became an acclaimed opera singer, ended her first season at the Metropolitan Opera House with a sudden marriage to the Met’s German bass/baritone, Michael Bohnen. Lewis was possibly the most publicized singer of the 1920s. Using her childhood training, she climbed her way to grand opera, gaining stage experience through vaudeville and operetta. Her career included radio performances and recordings with His Master’s Voice (HMV), Victor, and RCA.