Sunday, September 26, 2004

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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