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Moms Mabley
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    (March 19, 1894-May 23, 1975)
    Birth name was Loretta Mary Aiken
    Changed her name to Jackie Mabley
    Recorded comedy albums ‘The Funniest Woman in the World,' ‘I Got Something to Tell You,' ‘Moms Mabley at the UN,' ‘Young Men, Si—Old Men, No,' ‘Moms Mabley at the White House,' ‘Moms the Word,' ‘Moms Breaks Up the Network,' and ‘Comedy Ain't Pretty'
    Acted in ‘Fast and Furious: A Colored Review in 37 Scenes,' ‘Emperor Jones,' ‘Killer Diller' and ‘Amazing Grace'
    She was a smoker.
    Her brother was embarrassed that she was in show business.
    She took her stage name from an ex-boyfriend.
    She explained that her boyfriend ‘took a lot off me, so the least I could do was take his name.'
    She was not called ‘Moms' until fairly late in her career.
    Her housedresses and crocheted hats were her trademark.
    She was a pioneer for African Americans and women in comedy.
    She tackled sex, racism and current events in her standup act.
    She was a star of black vaudeville.
    She found fame among white audiences during the 1960s.
    She was raped and impregnated twice as a teenager.
    She said, 'There ain't nothing wrong with young people. Jus' quit lyin' to 'em.'
    Whoopi Goldberg portrayed her during her own standup routines.

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