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Gladys Bentley (August 12, 1907 - January 18, 1960)

Gladys Alberta Bentley was an American blues singer, pianist and entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance.
Born: August 12, 1907, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 18, 1960, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre: Blues
Record label: Suncoast Music
Albums: Ground Hog Blues
Buried: Lincoln Memorial Park, Carson, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Gladys Bentley (1907-1960), one of the most flamboyant blues entertainers of the XX century, began performing in New York City as a singer and male impersonator. Bentley was known for being open about her lesbianism, and incorporated it into her stage show. In the years prior to her death, she adamantly tried to recant her lesbianism and married a man several years her junior. Bentley became an active member of the "Temple of Love In Christ" Church and was on her way to becoming an ordained minister at the time of her death from pneumonia at the age of 52. She is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park (Carson, CA 90746).

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