Feb 12, 2024

By Andy Johnson

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Not only did she star in the 1981 French cult movie “Diva,” she was one.

Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez Smith opened the movie “Diva” singing an aria from the opera “La Wally,” which led to a career singing at the great opera houses of Europe.

She later moved to Kentucky with her husband, Andrew Smith, who directed the voice program at Kentucky State University.

We’ve learned that Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez Smith has died at her home in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 75 after a battle with cancer.

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