Jackie "Moms" Mabley - Level 2

Loretta Mary Aiken, known to the world as Jackie "Moms" Mabley was an African-American comedian born on March 19, 1894, in Brevard, North Carolina.

Jackie’s childhood was difficult, and at 14, she ran away to Cleveland, Ohio. There, she joined a traveling vaudeville show called Butterbeans and Susie, and the rest is history. In the early 1920s, she debuted at Harlem’s Cotton Club and by late 1930s, she became the first woman comedian to be featured at the Apollo Theater making $85 per week. By the time she retired, she was earning $10,000 a week, a huge step up from her earliest earnings. During her long career, she was billed the “Funniest Woman in the World,” appeared in five films, four television shows, and produced more than twenty albums.

Jackie breathed her last breath on May 23, 1975, in White Plains, New York, after suffering from heart failure.

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