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Jackie "Moms" Mabley
Original name: Loretta Mary Aiken
Birth: May 19, 1899
Brevard
Transylvania County
North Carolina, USA
Death: May 23, 1975
White Plains
Westchester County
New York, USA

Vaudeville performer and comedian. The first African American woman to establish herself as a single act in standup comedy. A pioneer of social satire, she has strongly influenced such contemporary African-American comedians such as Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Whoppi Goldberg. Her comic character was that of cantankerous old woman (created when Mabley herself was still young) who wore a funny hat, had a big toothless grin, and uttered gags laced with folk wisdom. She was born Loretta Mary Aiken into a large family in Brevard, North Carolina in 1897. At a young age her farther forced her to marry a much older man who she hated, she later used this experience to create her signature joke cycle of putting down older men. She changed her name after her brother was embarrassed to have a sister in show business. The name Jackie Mabley came from her first boyfriend whom she said took so much from her that the least she could do was take his name. Jackie "Moms" Mabley rose to national recognition as a standup comedian in the early 1960s. Moms adept at adapting the hardships of her life into comic routines. She performed across the nation, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theatre, and the Cotton Club. During her career Moms recorded more than twenty albums of her comedy routines and appeared on various televisions shows. A year after staring in the feature film Amazing Grace (1974), Jackie " Moms" Mabley died in White Plains, New York on May 23, 1975. (bio by: Curtis Jackson) 
 
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 Parents:
  James P Aiken (1861 - 1909)
 
 Children:
  Bonnie Bonneau Mabley (1920 - 1993)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum
Hartsdale
Westchester County
New York, USA
Plot: Knollwood Gdn 1, Row 14, Grave 4
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 655
Jackie Moms Mabley
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Jackie Moms Mabley
Added by: Curtis Jackson
 
Jackie Moms Mabley
Added by: The Rev. Wayne T. Bradley
 
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- Curtis Jackson
 Added: Mar. 19, 2014
In memory of a talented gal who's fame came later in life but lefted an impression on many . Rip
- memory group
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014
A true artist before her time!!
- Jenkins-Canada
 Added: Feb. 15, 2014
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