Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mabley, Moms

Byname of  Jackie Mabley , original name  Loretta Mary Aiken  American comedian who was one of the most successful black vaudeville performers. She modeled her stage persona largely on her grandmother, who had been a slave. Wise, clever, and often ribald, Mabley dressed in frumpy clothes and used her deep voice and elastic face (and, in later years, her toothlessness) to great

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