Anna Maria Alberghetti (born 15 May 1936) is an Italian operatic singer and actress.
Born in Pesaro, Marche, in central Italy, she starred on Broadway and won a Tony Award in 1962 as Best Actress (Musical) for Carnival! (she tied with Diahann Carroll for the musical No Strings).
Alberghetti was a child prodigy. Her father was an opera singer and concert master of the Rome Opera Company. Her mother was a pianist. She had a brother named Gorge. At age six, Anna Maria sang in a concert on the Isle of Rhodes with a 100-piece orchestra. She performed at Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 13. At 15, she was introduced to American film audiences in Frank Capra's 1951 musical Here Comes the Groom, which starred Bing Crosby.
Alberghetti appeared twice on the cover of Life magazine. She appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than 50 times. She guest-starred in 1957 on NBC's The Gisele MacKenzie Show. That same year, she performed in the premiere episode of The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom on ABC.
She co-starred with Dean Martin in 1957's Ten Thousand Bedrooms and with Jerry Lewis in Cinderfella, not long after the Martin and Lewis comedy team parted ways.
Albergetti also appeared in 1955's The Last Command, which starred Sterling Hayden, and had the leading role in the western Duel at Apache Wells in 1957.
In 1959, the 22-year-old Alberghetti played the lead in "The Conchita Vasquez Story" of NBC's Wagon Train. She was cast as part of a gang of Comancheros who intend to attack the wagon train to steal rifles headed to the United States Army. Instead, she decides to leave the Comancheros and move west after she falls in love with scout Flint McCullough, played by Robert Horton. Tragically, as the episode ends, Conchita is killed by a bullet from her own people when they ambush the wagon train.
On March 1, 1961, she appeared as a guest contestant on the television series I've Got A Secret.
Alberghetti has toured in many theatrical productions and continues with her popular one-woman cabaret act. She had roles in a pair of 2001 films, The Whole Shebang and Friends & Family.
Her sister, Carla, also became a musical artist who appeared in many stage productions. She eventually became Anna Maria's replacement in her Tony Award-winning role on Broadway. She also had a brother named Gorge.
Alberghetti appeared in television commercials for Good Seasons salad dressing during the 1970s.
She was married to television producer-director Claudio Guzmán from 1964 to 1974.
She was referenced in Ira Levin's book Rosemary's Baby and T. C. Boyle's short story "Sorry Fugu".
She was referenced also in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which her name was the beginning of a knock-knock joke that Ted Baxter had yet to finish. The joke wound up ending this way: "Anna Maria Alberghetti WHO?" "Anna Maria Alberghetti in a taxi honey ..." (to the tune of "Darktown Strutters' Ball").
Alberghetti currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Gulfshore Playhouse, Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre.
- The Medium (1951)
- Here Comes the Groom (1951)
- The Stars Are Singing (1953)
- The Last Command (1955)
- Duel at Apache Wells (1957)
- Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
- Cinderfella (1960)
- Friends & Family (2001)
- The Whole Shebang (2001)
- Rose-Marie (1960)
- Carnival! (1961)
- Fanny (1963; 1968)
- The Fantasticks (1968)
- West Side Story (1964)
- The Most Happy Fella (1969)
- Cabaret (1970)
- Kismet (1971)
- The Student Prince (1976)
- The Sound of Music (1978; 1985)
- Side by Side by Sondheim (1980)
- Camelot (1981)
- The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (2000)
- Senior Class (2007)