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Her career began at a time when female musicians weren’t taken seriously and many music venues were segregated. Performing constantly led to distant relationships with friends and family, but Fitzgerald’s passion was pleasing her fans. A runaway teen, Fitzgerald lived on the streets of Harlem, and if not for her last-minute decision to sing at an amateur night contest in 1934, the world may never have known the First Lady of Song.

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