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Moms Mabley

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Birthday
19, 1894
Birthplace
Brevard, NC
Death Date
May 23, 1975 (81)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
19, 1894
Birthplace
Brevard, NC
Death Date
May 23, 1975 (81)

About

Legendary American standup comedian who was a pioneer of the 'Chitlin' Circuit' of African-American vaudeville. produced and narrated a documentary about her life for HBO in 2013.

Before Fame

She chose to become a performer over getting married as a teen. After becoming successful in the African-American comedy circuit she became known to a wider white audience when she played Carnegie Hall in 1962, and made multiple appearances on the The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which, at one point, was the #1 show on television.

Trivia

Her cover version of "Abraham, Martin and John" hit #35 on the Hot 100 in 1969, making her, at age 75, the oldest person ever to have a US Top 40 hit.

Family Life

She had six children and 19 siblings. She came out as a lesbian at a time when it was very rare for a performer to do so.

Associated With

Her comedy influenced many successful performers, including Bing Crosby.