Loretta Aiken

Loretta Mary Aiken (1894 - 1975)

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Loretta Mary "Moms Mabley" Aiken
Born in Brevard, North Carolina, USAmap
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in White Plains, New York, USAmap
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Profile last modified | Created 16 Jul 2018 | Last significant change: 16 Nov 2018
04:47: Jeanne Howell edited the Biography for Loretta Aiken. (Census citation) [Thank Jeanne for this]
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Biography

  • One of the most well-known and well-paid stand-up comics of her time, she wasn't allowed to appear on television until the 1960's.[1]
  • "The Funniest Woman in the World" - career spanned 5 decades
  • 1962 Carnegie Hall
  • 4 children: Bonnie, Christine, Yvonne, Charles
  • d/o James Aiken (owned several businesses) & Mary Smith (boarding house) (m. May 21, 1891) - 16 children[2]
  • @27, came out as a lesbian, being one of the first openly gay comedians[2]
  • Ferncliff Cemetery[2][3]

Quotes

  • "A woman is a woman until the day she dies, but a man's a man only as long as he can."[4]
  • "Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put any in the pot, there won't be any to take out."[4]

Sources

  1. "Funny Ladies." Pioneers of Television (Season 3, Episode 1). PBS. 15 Jan 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wikipedia: Moms Mabley, accessed 16 July 2018.
  3. Find A Grave: Memorial #655, accessed 16 July 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 IMDb: Moms Mabley (bio), accessed 16 July 2018.
Census:
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MS1W-QY5 : accessed 16 November 2018), Loretter Aiken in household of James P Aiken, Brevard Township (south part) Brevard town, Transylvania, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 112, sheet 5A, family 85, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,219.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ML9X-HNR : accessed 16 November 2018), Loretta Aiken in household of Mary M Aiken, Brevard, Transylvania, North Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 156, sheet 7A, family 147, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1134; FHL microfilm 1,375,147.


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Moms Mabley on the Smothers Brothers (CBS)
Moms Mabley on the <i>Smothers Brothers</i> (CBS)

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