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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Bronx, New York, USA  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameFiorello Henry La Guardia
Nickname The Little Flower
Height 5' 2" (1.58 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fiorello LaGuardia was born on December 11, 1882 in New York City, New York, USA as Fiorello Henry La Guardia. He was married to Marie Fisher and Thea Almerigotti. He died on September 20, 1947 in Bronx, New York.

Spouse (2)

Marie Fisher (1929 - 20 September 1947) ( his death) ( 2 children)
Thea Almerigotti (8 March 1919 - 29 November 1921) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (8)

Mayor of New York City (1933-1945).
The Broadway musical "Fiorello", which opened in 1959, is based on his life. The play was awarded the 1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and also the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Pictured on a 14¢ US postage stamp in the Prominent Americans series, issued 24 April 1972.
His name means "little flower" in Italian.
Fiorello LaGuardia served in the military from 1917-1919, rising to the rank of major. He commanded a unit of the U.S. Army Air Service, flying the 'Ca.44 bomber' on the Italian-Austrian front.
Tom Bosley won a Tony Award for his portrayal of LaGuardia in the musical "Fiorello".
LaGuardia worked for the US State Department at embassies and consulates in Eastern Europe and Italy (1901-06). He came away with the ability to speak many of the major ethnic languages spoken in New York City -- Italian, Serbian, Croat, German and Yiddish. After returning to America, he had the opportunity to practice these languages as an interpreter for the city's child welfare bureau at Ellis Island (1907-10). When he ran for mayor years later, he was famous for speaking these languages at campaign rallies in the appropriate neighborhoods.
Although LaGuardia is associated with New York (and was born there), he lived in Arizona as a child and in many ways considered himself to be a Westerner. He wore distinctive Stetson-type hats, in recognition of that.

Personal Quotes (3)

I think the reporter should get his facts straight before he distorts them.
When I make a mistake, it's a beaut.
The devil is easy to identify. He appears as your best friend when you're terribly tired and makes a very reasonable request which you know you shouldn't grant.

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