Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald

1958 - Grammy- Best Female Vocal Performince 1962 - Grammy- Best Female Solo Vocal Performince 1976- Grammy - Best Jazz Vocal Performince

Ella was born on april 25, 1917 in Newport News, Va. to William Fitzgerald and Temperance. Her parents where unmarried, and separated within a year of her birth. Her mom's new partner Joseph Da Silva had a baby girl, who is Ella's half-sister, named Frances Da Silva. As a little girl she enjoyed playing baseball. She wanted to be a dancer. the one thing he loved to lisson to was jazz.

Early Life


Following her moms death in 1932 her grades started to drop dramatically, and skiped school a lot of the time. She ran away to her aunt because her stepfather abused her. She got into trouble with the law for being a lookout at a bordello and also working as a mafia-affiliated numbers runner. Because of this, she got put into a Colored Orphan Asylum in Riverdale, Bonx. She was moved to New York Training School for girls in Hudson, New York, because the other ophange was too crowded. During her time at the School she escaped and was homeless for a little bit.

Relationship Status

Ella was married to Benny Kornegay from 1939 to 1940. She latered married Ray Brown from 1946 to 1952. During her mariage to Brown, she had a child named Ray Brown Jr. who had a child of his own named Alice Brown.



Ella Fitzgerald


"The only thing better than singing is more singing."

1981 - grammy- Best Female Jazz Vocal Performince These are just a few of the many Grammys she won. In total she won 13. she was given an award for Lifetime Achievement in 1967. She was also given the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.


Ella was was taken to the hopital for a little bit in 1985 for respiratory problems and in 1986 for congestive heart failure and also for exhaustion in 1990. She had diabetes and had to have her legs amputated below the knees in 1993. She was put into the hospital in Niagara Falls, New York in 1996, where she was diagnosed with heart failure, and her health woulc keep going down hill. on her last day she was home in side when and had a smile on her face she said "i'm ready to go now." she was 79 and in her house on june 15, 1996 when she passed.

Ella's was buried at Inglewood Cemetery in Los Angeles. Her funeral was private.



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