Ella Fitzgerald

By Caroline Albertson

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald was the "Queen Of Jazz" She is an iconic singer

Birth Date/Death Date

Birth: April 25, 1917

Death: June 15, 1996


After her parents split up, and her mom’s death, Ella moved in with her aunt. After a while, she to try to make it on her own on the streets. She found out about at age 15 amateur night at Apollo Theater. She was planning on dancing, but when she saw the team before her wearing sequin costumes she decided to sing. Sure enough, she came in first. Because she wore rags people didn't except her, so she went back to the streets.

Rising Fame

She met Chick Webb and joined his group as a singer. On her own, Ella landed a deal with Decca Records. She recorded some hit songs with the Ink Spots and Louis Jordan in the 1940s. Ella also made her first film debut as Ruby in 1942's western comedy Ride 'Em Cowboy.


She recorded her first number one hit called, "A Tisket, A Tasket". She recorded a second hit called "I Found My Yellow Basket". n 1958, Fitzgerald made history as the first African-American woman to win a Grammy Award.


"It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.”

—Ella Fitzgerald

“Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today—that's what it means, it means it was worth all of it.”

—Ella Fitzgerald

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

—Ella Fitzgerald

“Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”

—Ella Fitzgerald

Character Traits

  • Hard-Working
  • Motivated
  • Determined
  • Inspirational