Singer Susanna Foster, star of the 1943 film version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, has passed away at the age of 84.
Foster was groomed by Universal as a successor to Deanna Durbin, but never achieved Durbin's superstar status, nor the success achieved by sopranos such as MGM's Kathryn Grayson and Jane Powell.
Foster appeared in 11 films between 1939 and 1945. PHANTOM, her best-known film, costarred Claude Rains and Nelson Eddy.
Update: You can read more at The Susanna Foster Chronicles.