Dame Nellie Melba, Part 1

Australian soprano Nellie Melba, otherwise known as Helen Porter Mitchell (1861 - 1931). She was created DBE in 1927 and here performs the part of Marguerite in 'Faust'. Her voice and operatic technical finesse were known for their 'radiant purity'. Peach melba, melba sauce and melba toast were named in her honour. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Born Helen Porter Mitchell in Melbourne, Australia in 1861, Nellie Melba would rise to fame as a singer. Her life was everything you'd expect from a diva: foods named for her, command performances and a scandalous royal affair.

Australian soprano Nellie Melba in the part of Marguerite in "Faust." Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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