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 Tess Gardella

Tess Gardella

Birth
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 3 Jan 1950 (aged 55)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA
Plot 1st Calvary, Section 56, Row 129 Grave 12
Memorial ID 5129 · View Source
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Actress. She was an Italian-American born actress whom colored her face to play the character of Aunt Jemima in the original 1927, Broadway production of "Show Boat". In the 1930s, she held the lead role on the "Aunt Jemima" radio program and in the two-reel film "A Swing Opera" (1938). Though her marker has the name "Aunt Jemima" on it, Tess Gardella is not considered the real Aunt Jemima according to the African American Registry, but she is widely excepted for her contributions to the character's success used for product sales and commercials.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Apr 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5129
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tess Gardella (19 Dec 1894–3 Jan 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5129, citing Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .