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The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU, Regno Unito
Villa Caruso di Bellosguardo, Via Bellosguardo, 54, 50055 Lastra a Signa FI
Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Ave, Pikesville, MD 21208, Stati Uniti

Dorothy Park Benjamin Caruso (6 August 1893 – 16 December 1955) was an American socialite and the wife of acclaimed Italian operatic tenor Enrico Caruso.

Dorothy Park Benjamin was born on August 6, 1893 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, the daughter of lawyer Park Benjamin Jr. and Ida Crane.

Caruso wrote two biographies of her husband, Enrico Caruso: ''Wings Of Song: The Story Of Caruso'' (1928), and ''Enrico Caruso: His Life and Death'' (1945). The latter was the basis for the screenplay of the 1951 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture ''The Great Caruso'', starring Mario Lanza as Enrico Caruso.[1][2]

Her autobiography, ''Dorothy Caruso: A Personal History'', was published in 1952.

Dorothy Park Benjamin married Enrico Caruso on August 20, 1918. They had one daughter, Gloria Grazianna Victoria America Caruso Murray (1919-1999). Enrico Caruso died in 1921.[3]

Dorothy Caruso married Captain Ernest Augustus Ingram (1892-1954) in London on November 28, 1923. They had a daughter, Jacqueline Dorothy Ingram (1924-1994). They divorced in November 1925. She then married Dr. Charles Adam Holder (1872-1955) in 1933.[4]

The Savoy, London

Later in life she was the lifelong friend of Margaret Anderson, a relationship that lasted till her death. Margaret Anderson was going back to N.Y. in 1942, after the death of her companion Georgette Leblanc in 1941 and to avoid the World War II (the ticket paid by Ernest Hemingway) and she met Dorothy Caruso on the very same ship she took. They lived together until Caruso's death in 1955. Anderson moved back to France in 1956, and lived as a recluse at Le Cannet until her death in 1973.[5]

Dorothy Caruso died in Baltimore, Maryland of cancer on December 16, 1955. She is buried in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Baltimore County, Maryland.

James Merrill (1926-1995), Jodie Foster (born 1962) and Dorothy Caruso (1893-1955), all descend from the same Pilgrims, William Mullins and Alice Mullins (arrived with the Mayflower), Samuel Eddy and his sister Abigail Eddy.

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Caruso