By Caroline Albertson
Birth Date/Death Date
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.
"It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts.”
“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.”
“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”
“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.”