The Queen of Jazz who won thirteen Grammy Awards and became a legend for singing "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" and "I'm Making Believe."
After the death of her mother in 1932, she worked as a lookout for a bordello and for a Mafioso numbers runner.
Her rendition of "Summertime" with Louis Armstrong is considered one of the best collaborations in music history.
She married Benjamin Kornegay on December 26, 1941 and, after their annulment in 1943, she married Ray Brown on December 10, 1947.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H.W. Bush in 1992.