Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, was born 100 years ago today, 25-April-1917. I grew up hearing her sing on the radio and television. When I had enough money to buy albums, I bought her American Songbooks.
We saw her in person once, at the Marin Civic Center. I don't remember what songs she sang, but I remember her trading licks with Joe Pass.
She did not appear in many movies. Her first, in 1942, was Ride 'em Cowboy with Abbott and Costello. She sang "A Tisket A Tasket" and "Cow Cow Boogie."
She next appeared in a movie, Pete Kelly's Blues, in 1955. Jack Webb directed and starred.
In 1958, she played a small part in Saint Louis Blues, a biopic about WC Handy.
I don't know how big a part she played in Let No Man Write My Epitaph from 1960.