Ella struggled for a few years after. She dropped out of school, was arrested, sent to reform school, where there too, she was abused. She ran away from the school, living anywhere she could find shelter in Harlem. But after singing on the streets of Harlem and then winning some singing competitions, she was invited to join a band. And from there, life changed; her singing career took off.
Amongst her many career accomplishments, Ella would win thirteen Grammy Awards along with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. But more than the awards, she was beloved by fans and other artists. A fellow singer remarked about Ella, “She was the best. She was the best there ever was.”
Gottlieb, William P. Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, New York, N.Y., ca. 1946, Monographic. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/gottlieb.02871/> / Quotes: https://www.ellafitzgerald.com/quotes/#/ / Wikipedia
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