Mario Lanza in Hollywood Superior Court, July 29, 1955.
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Image of Mario with his lawyer sitting in a court of law.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

After MGM terminated his film contract in 1954 Lanza made a series of poor investments and found himself owing $250,000 in back taxes to the IRS. Overweight and desperate for work, he was sued by his former landlord for $4,361.66 for damages he and his family were alleged to have done to a rented house.

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