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    Mae Questel ca. 1930’s, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat (for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu, Little Audrey and Casper, the Friendly Ghost

    Sometimes doing the 'right' thing is a brave deed. kn The 50s Mocambo nightclub wouldn't book Ella Fitzgerald because she was black. Ella had a powerful & unlikely benefactor, Marilyn Monroe. “I owe Marilyn a debt. Because of her I played there. She called the owner, & told him she wanted me booked immediately. She took a front table every night. The press went crazy. I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was a woman, ahead of her time & she didn’t know it.” Ella Fitzgerald

    Lina Cavalieri, c1900, She was considered one the most beautiful woman in the world. As a young girl, she ran from the orphanage with a theatre group, made career as vaudeville singer first in Paris and soon all around Europe. In 1900 she debuted as opera singer, soon conquering the operahouses of Monte-Carlo, Paris and New York. She was famous for her hour-glass-like corsets, visible in photographs and portraits by Cesare Tallone and Giovanni Boldini.

    THE REAL BETTY BOOP: Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an ”African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem. Ms Jones’ ‘baby’ Singing Style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Ms. Jones’ singing style went on to become the inspiration for (Max Fleischer ) cartoon character’s Voice and SINGING style of BETTY BOOP, was a Black Woman. Read more by clicking photo.

    Helen Kane - Betty Boop was modeled after this silent film star.

    Inside a dressing room at the Moulin Rouge, 1924

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    1930's tattoo parlor

    Helen Kane, the real live Betty Boop & also her voice.

    $29.79 Northwest NOR-1BTB051000002RET Biker Betty Boop Triple Woven Jacquard Throw 48x60 From Northwest Get it here: http://astore.amazon.com/ffiilliipp-20/detail/B000220D4O/187-2071945-1559042

    Billie Burke {Glinda the good witch}

    Shirley Temple signs her first film contract, 1932

    Mighty Mouse! Every Saturday morning...Here I come to save the day....

    Irena Sendler 1910-2008 A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers wanted nothing to do with the dog, and the bar...

    1940´s. Women Pilots in WW2

    One of the last known pictures of Elizabeth Short. Hollywood 1946 (The Black Dahlia)

    In 1936, Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin, intending for them to be a showcase of Aryan supremacy. American Jesse Owens shattered that goal when he won four gold medals in track & field.

    Time travel will be invented in the year 2025. How do we know? Because that is the year that this delightful lady claimed to have traveled from. In the year 1898, according the contemporary reports, Alexandria Alexis appeared 'as if from nowhere' and took New York society by storm. Some fawned over her while others claimed she was insane. This debate was however rendered moot when, on New Year's Eve 1899, she simply disappeared...

    Dr. Martin Luther King Was Assassinated On This Date In 1968 He was, more than any single man, the voice and the instrument of the second American revolution. He materialized out of the streets and the Jim Crow churches of the South a dozen years ago, preaching brotherhood and nonviolence to a divided and violent land. For a time, incredibly, it worked- until the very forces he had helped set in in motion swept past him. Newsweek, April 15, 1968

    Joyce "The Bronze Bombshell" Bryant, NYC, 1954 by Philippe Halsman. She would become the first dark-skinned African-American woman celebrated by the mass media as a 'sex-symbol'.

    Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, here at 23 years of age, being interrogated by the military. She was arrested in 1970 as a member of COLINA, a far left organization that fought against the military junta. Dilma was tortured for 22 days and spent 3 years in prison. Today she is Brazil's first woman president.