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Melba, Dame Nellie

The stage name of Helen Porter Mitchell (1861-1931). Melba toast is named after her (devised to ameliorate her diet during an illness in 1897 and thought to have been created by C├ęsar Ritz) and Peach Melba. Her stage name was adopted in tribute to Melbourne - the city of her birth. See 'Melba Toast'; 'Peach Toast'

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