Ella Jane Fitgerald
Date of Birth
April 25, 1917
Date of Death
June 15, 1996
Place of Birth
Newport News, Virginia
Ella was the child of a common-law marriage
between William and Temperance Fitzgerald
First husband was Benny Kornegay
Second husband was Ray Brown.
In 1957, it was reported that Fitzgerald had secretly married
Thor Einar Larsen, a young Norwegian, in Oslo.
adopted a child born to Fitzgerald’s half-sister, Frances,
whom they christened Ray Brown, Jr.
attended public school
American jazz vocalist
Reason for Fame
Known as “First Lady of Song”, Lady Ella.
With a vocal range spanning three octaves, Ella was noted for her purity of tone,
impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a “hornlike” improvisational ability,
particular in her scatsinging. Over a recording career that lasted 59 years,
she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W.Bush.