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Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

March 19, 1998 – May 31, 2006

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 3rd Floor, West Wing, outside Musical Instruments' North Gallery

Costumes, awards, photograph, recordings, scrapbooks, sheet music, and personal memorabilia examine the 60-year career of Ella Fitzgerald (1918-1996) and her rags-to-riches climb to international fame as a jazz and popular singer. This small exhibition features the red, two-piece suit from an American Express ad, along with an Annie Liebovitz photograph used in the ad; the broken goblet from the "Is it Ella or is it Memorex?" ad; the Presidential Medal of Freedom received from President George Herbert Walker Bush; a drawing of her by Pablo Picasso, and a portrait of her by singer Tony Bennett. Also on view are 5 photographs of Ella Fitzgerald by Herman Leonard (installed April 25, 1997, before the exhibition opened; curated by Reuben Jackson, Archives Center).

Audio & Video (run continuously)