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A Spieling, Slicing Singer & the Titty Defense

Peggy Lee Born: May 26, 1920    Died: January 21, 2002 What she did: Actress Facts: Peggy was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota. After her mother died when Peggy was four, her father married Minnie Schaumberg Wiese but later left home, leaving Peggy’s care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. […]

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A Perfect Piece of African Sculpture & A Convent Burning Opera Singer

Gladys Bentley Born: August 12, 1907     Died: January 18, 1960 What she did: Harlem Renaissance Entertainer Facts: Gladys was born in Pennsylvania. Her father George was American and her mother, Mary, was Trinidadian. Unfortunately, hers was not a happy childhood. The eldest of 4 children in a low-income family, Gladys struggled. It didn’t help that […]