The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Perry Como

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 The Tragic Real-Life Story Of Perry Como

Never appearing in the tabloids negatively, it seems that Perry Como was beloved by all, even in his later years. As a 1991 documentary segment on the singer for “Hard Copy” says, “After 60 years in show business, they say Perry Como hasn’t lost a friend.” Eddie Fisher, Como’s friend, told the doc, “Any moment that anyone can spend with Perry has got to be a wonderful moment.”

But did Como’s family get any of those wonderful moments with him? Sure enough, right as his career blew up in the mid-’30s, he was also growing his nest with his wife, Roselle Belline — and he admitted that touring brought along a “disruption of family life” (via The Washington Post). “My only regret in life is that I didn’t spend as much time with my kids as I now wish I had,” a wistful Como told Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1990 (via Kokomo). He noted that while he did try to come home “late afternoon [on] most days,” it was Belline who was in charge of the house. “I missed out on a lot of wonderful moments, missed watching my kids grow into the wonderful people they are today,” he reflected.

Thankfully, the singer had one silver lining. “Summer vacations were different,” he proudly declared to Good Housekeeping, noting that with his “13 weeks off,” he would plan trips with his entire family to go on. “I loved it. I needed it,” he explained.

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