Ella Fitzgerald's Life

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Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News Virginia. She later moved to Yonkers, New York due to her parents split up, which caused them to move in with her mother's longtime boyfriend Joseph Da Silva. In 1923 Ella received a half sister named Frances. There family struggled financially therefore causing Ella Fitzgerald to become a messenger for gangsters where she was “running numbers” (Ella Fitzgerald). Ella’s mother died in 1932 causing her to move in with her aunt. This tragedy impacted her life to a point she started skipping school they even tried taking her to a reformed school, but this didn't last long because by 1934 she started living out on the streets on her own.
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