Episode seven of the American Masters Podcast features journalist Nina Bernstein and jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s longtime friend June Norton, who discuss one of the singer’s most difficult periods, with American MastersElla Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (1999) filmmaker Charlotte Zwerin: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/digital-archive/women-women-nina-bernstein-june-norton-ella-fitzgerald/
Before Ella Fitzgerald became the First Lady of Song and earned 13 Grammy Awards, she spent much of her teenage years as an orphan, finding odd jobs to get by and, at times, living on the street. Enduring harsh conditions at an abusive reformatory program in Hudson, New York, Fitzgerald faced prejudiced policies common in the institutional racism of the 1930s child welfare system. She battled through this adversity to achieve a career driven by sheer determination and talent.
Hosted by series executive producer Michael Kantor, new episodes of the American Masters Podcast are available biweekly on the In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive website, iTunes, Soundcloud and Stitcher. Season one, “Women on Women,” features long-form interviews with influential women discussing women cultural icons.
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