One of the great things about producing The Little Girl With the Big Voice is that it seems to be a gift that keeps on giving.  One aspect of Mary’s life that we didn’t devote as much time as we probably should have was her career as a vocal instructor.  She worked with and developed many great voices.  As they Google Mary, wondering what happened to her, they’re delighted to know that we’ve tried to tell her incredibly surreal and wonderful story.  Below are just a few testimonials that have come in since we made the film…

VINCENZA D. – I loved Mary like my musical mother and I was heartbroken for her that when she was ill, she felt no family was willing to help her. I was honored to fill the gap while I could. I am so pleased to see that you are honoring her memory. She so deserved it. Mary was a strong lady but she suffered a great deal of loss as you know. I fell in love with her from the first phone call. She was spunky and confident and said she had just come from buying up all the shoes in town.Being with Mary was like entering a time machine. She transported you to a magical world of yesteryear. It was a great place to be. Mary loved Nancy LaMott by the way who is now one of my favorite performers (died tragically of cancer). She also loved Streisand. She liked Sinatra’s storytelling in his songs but felt he was overrated.

DONNA S. – My name is Donna S. Your grandmother was my voice teacher when I was21 years old for about a year.    She lived uptown on the west side in the 70-80 streets.   She was quite the fireball!!    She had a tough Broadway voice.    I loved her!    My favorite song that she taught me was, The best in the world, which I just shared today with my 16 year old daughter.       I just started looking up your grandmother and I found your wonderful story.    Mary had so much sheet music in her apartment!!   She had me rehearsing weekly so I could be on the Joe Franklin show and after a few months your grandmother and I got on a bus and went to the live Joe Franklin show!     I was petrified.      She looked great!     She had her high heel pumps on and a dress, she did her hair and her makeup nice !    She was so excited to bring one of her students with her to his show.     I didn’t ge to sing that day but we had a blast!


I was delighted to find all this wonderful information about Mary.  Mary was my vocal coach in the 80’s when she lived across the street from Julliard.  I have nothing but fond memories of my time with Mary and the lessons we had together.  I look forward to seeing the completed work when

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  1. Just finished watching your wonderful documentary on Mary Small. I was one of her voice students around 1980. Had no idea at the time just how big her celebrity was throughout her life. What a surprise and pleasure to watch and learn about her amazing life. As a voice coach, she had a bombastic personality and gave me the courage to get out and sing in front of an audience. I remember she gave me two songs to learn from the show “They’re Playing Our Song”. To this day whenever I hear a song from that show, I’m immediately transported back in time to Mary’s apartment on the west side of New York City and I can hear her voice giving me direction. Thank you for sharing her story. I am honored and humbled to have been a small part of her incredible life. However, after watching your story, my emotions are conflicted and that is why I am compelled to write this to you today. I am saddened to hear about her final days, but happy to know that she lived her life completely on her own terms to the very end. Again, thank you for keeping your Grandmother’s legacy alive. I’m sure her star is shining even brighter in heaven because of you.


    1. Danny, I am so thrilled and touched that you were able to share this story and that Mary touched your life. She was a dynamic individual and we wanted to give her a good sendoff with this film. Would love it if you could leave a few lines of a review on iTunes or Amazon or wherever you saw the film so that more people can be inspired to see it! Stay safe during this time and once again so glad that you told me about your experience with Mary, her students were her life! Sincerely, Rafael


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