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Gladys Alberta Bentley
Birth: Aug. 12, 1907
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 18, 1960
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Gladys Bentley, one of the most flamboyant blues entertainers of the 20th century, began performing in New York City as a singer and male impersonator. During the late 1920's, Bentley recorded for the OKeh Record label and then for Victor Records in 1930. Bentley was known for being open about her lesbianism, and incorporated it into her stage show. By the mid 1940's, she took her act to Los Angeles, California and recorded for the Excelsior Record label. 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. (bio by: John Doe) 
 
Burial:
Lincoln Memorial Park
Carson
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: John Doe
Record added: Jun 28, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7634493
Gladys Alberta Bentley
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Gladys Alberta Bentley
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Gladys Alberta Bentley
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- Just Visiting
 Added: Apr. 6, 2015
To MY notorious great Aunt Gladys A. Bentley Rest Well Love.
- Denise. Bentley
 Added: Apr. 6, 2015

- Cindy
 Added: Jan. 18, 2015
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