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Ella Fitzgerald Centennial

Ella Fitzgerald Centennial

Known as the "First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was born 100 years ago on April 25 in Newport News, Virginia. Fitzgerald survived a rough childhood and loved jazz from an early age. After a performance at the famed Apollo theatre in New York, Fitzgerald was discovered by bandleader Chick Webb in 1935. In the '50s and '60s, Fitzgerald gained acclaim for her recordings of the songs of the Great American Songbook, featuring the music of songwriters like Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and the Gershwins. The winner of thirteen Grammy Awards, Ella Fitzgerald was also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Kennedy Center Honor, and an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. She died in 1996. In addition to a number of music CDs, the library also carries the music of Ella Fitzgerald in the hoopa digital music collection.

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Living with Autism

Living with Autism

3.5 million Americans are on the autism spectrum. Their stories, and those of the people who love them, help reveal what it is like to live with this disorder. Here are some of the documentaries, audiobooks, and feature films from the library's collection that shed some light on autism.

 

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Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford

Bette Davis v. Joan Crawford

Two of the greatest actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, had an infamously frosty relationship. Not only were they professional rivals, but their private lives also clashed. Both women were under contract to Warner Bros. during the height of their fame in the 1940s. Both suffered from rocky marriages, tumultuous family relationships, and a desire to be known as the best. Recently their relationship has been examined in the FX mini-series Feud: Bette and Joan, which chronicles the time around the making of their 1962 classic cult film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Check out the library's collection of the films of Bette Davis and the movies of Joan Crawford

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