She was 16 when Dr. Arturo diFilippi discovered her and made her his favorite opera star.
But when her husband's patients were dying off and his practice went wobbly, I took her aside and said, "God gave you beautiful pipes." No one else can sell a song like you, I told her. People appreciate more that you grace their place.In those days (the early 50's) if you asked for money people looked down on you. Reality is just that. I suggested she set up an account for operatic singer Irene Patti Swartz and I would write a press release for her. She could hand that to a would-be arranger, for the information quoted how much it would cost to book her golden voice.
She never brought up money again. Didn't have to. People began to realize it isn't "pushy" to ask for pay for work. Any kind. She was a pioneer and showbiz was her gambit.
She's singing with the feathered choir now. Bet they let her be the lead.