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Death 29 Jul 2005 (aged 99)
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Memorial ID 11460738 · View Source
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Cabaret Singer. Born Hildegarde Loretta Sell, she worked in a travelling show throughout her career, appearing across the United States and Europe. She was known for 70 years simply as "The Incomparable Hildegarde," a title bestowed on her by columnist Walter Winchell. During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s and '40s, she was booked in cabarets and supper clubs at least 45 weeks a year. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1939, and her recordings sold in the hundreds of thousands. Revlon even introduced a Hildegarde shade of lipstick and nail polish. Liberace once said she was perhaps the most famous supper-club entertainer who ever lived. Hildegarde's admirers ranged from enlisted men and officers during World War II to King Gustaf of Sweden and the Duke of Windsor. From the 1950s through the '70s, in addition to her cabaret performances and record albums, she appeared in a number of television specials and toured with the national company of the Stephen Sondheim Musical "Follies." Her autobiography, "Over 50 .... So What!" was published by Doubleday in 1961. She was best known for the song "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup."

Bio by: Ron Moody

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