Rita Callahan

At nearly 100, Rita Callahan is shown with the autoharp she has played for 80 years. (Photo by Elaine Cushman Carroll)

Although she briefly had her own television show and sang for audiences of thousands, Rita Callahan recently insisted that she never was a star, but friends and family members of the petite woman who turns 100 years old on July 24 think she has been shining brightly all her life.

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