Anna Hill at Hollywood Forever…

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Anna Hill

aka Annetta Saloski



The above photo is from a recent auction of Anna Hill ephemera (thanks Dave).




BORN: February 22, 1851, Cincinnati, Ohio

DIED: February 18, 1931, Hollywood, California

BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Mausoleum, Crypt 852


By Allan R. Ellenberger 


Considered the Toast of Milan, Annetta Saloski (née Anna Hill) blazed a brilliant trail for Americans in a land where only the greatest voices succeeded. At 18, her voice attracted such attention that she was sent to Milan with donations from the public to study under Sam Giovanni. Her debut at Teatro alla Scala(La Scala) as Marguerite in Faust resulted in a standing ovation.


In the 1870s Hill was considered queen of sopranos. She made her American debut in St. Louis in 1885. After scoring a marked success, she returned to Cincinnati her home city, to sing. Later she went back to Italy, where she married Oscar R. Giaccaglia.


Hill sang in more than thirty operas, her most effective roles being in Faust and Traviata. She was a contemporary of Lillian Nordica and Clara Louisa Kellogg, leading American women singers, with Nordica following her in successful Italian appearances. She was at her zenith before the great Adelina Patti sang.


Her husband was decorated as Chevalier of Civil Valor by the King of Italy soon after their marriage. They moved to the United States in 1913 and settled in Hollywood. At the time of her death she was survived by her husband Oscar, who died in 1935, her daughter Pauline Giaccaglia Timme of Beverly Hills, a son, John A. Giaccaglia of New York and Leonard L. Hill, a brother.


Anna Hill lived and passed away at her home in Hollywood (below)



She is interred in the Cathedral Mausoleum at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, next to her husband.






The preceding is one in a series of biographical sketches of
Hollywood Forever Cemetery residents.


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3 Responses to “Anna Hill at Hollywood Forever…”

  1. Harry Martin says:

    Wonderful story — thank you so much for the story behind the crypt!

  2. Harry Martin says:

    Location inside the mausoleum?

  3. Vic Angel says:

    As a major operabuff it is always of interest to discover info about singers of the yore years. I was especially happy to know about Marion Telva, of whom I have heard. Now I shall do some personal research into Anna Hill and will certainly visit both graves when I am next in LA. The last time I was home (So Cal), I discovered Rosa Raisa (the very first Turandot) at Holy Cross in Culver City. Very exciting.

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