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 Gladys Alberta Bentley

Gladys Alberta Bentley

Birth
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 18 Jan 1960 (aged 52)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Carson, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 7634493 · View Source
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Blues Singer. 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: Midnight Believer


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  • Originally Created by: Midnight Believer
  • Added: 28 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7634493
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gladys Alberta Bentley (12 Aug 1907–18 Jan 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7634493, citing Lincoln Memorial Park, Carson, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .