Billie Holiday Death, Age, Wife, Height, Family, Weight, Profession, Nationality, Net Worth, Wiki, Bio

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Billie Holiday Age

Who is Billie Holiday?

Billie Holiday was a jazz and swing singer from the United States. Holiday was nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner, Lester Young. She had a groundbreaking impact on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal technique, which was heavily influenced by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new approach to phrasing and tempo manipulation. Her vocal delivery and improvisational abilities were well-known.

AboutInfo
Full NameBillie Holiday
ProfessionJazz and Swing Singer
Popular ForBeing a Singer

Birthday and Zodiac

Date of BirthApril 7, 1915
Date of DeathJuly 17, 1959 (44 years old)
Zodiac SignAries
Birth PlacePhiladelphia
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityN/A

Education

School/UniversitySt. Frances Academy House of the Good Shepherd

Physical Stats

Height1.65 m
Eye ColorBlack
Weight95 pounds (when she was near to her death)

Net Worth

Estimated net worth$1,000,000

Family and Relationship

FatherClarence Halliday
MotherSarah Julia “Sadie” Fagan
SpouseJimmy Monroe, Joe Guy and Louis Mckay
ChildrenNot Available
SiblingsNot Available

Social Media

Social MediaNot Available

Early Life

Her birth name was Eleanora Fagan. On April 7, 1915, she was born in Philadelphia to an African-American teen couple named Sarah Julia “Sadie” Fagan and Clarence Halliday. Sarah relocated to Philadelphia at the age of 19 after being evicted from her parents’ home in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighbourhood due to her pregnancy. Clarence left his family not long after Eleanora was born to pursue a career as a jazz banjo player and guitarist.

Eleanora had a tough childhood growing up in Baltimore. Her mother frequently worked on passenger railroads, which were called “transportation employment” at the time. Holiday was reared mainly by Martha Miller and spent her first ten years of life in the care of others due to her mother’s absences.

Holiday was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in early 1959. Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, at the age of 44 due to heart failure at Metropolitan Hospital in New York. She died in the bed in which she had been arrested for illegal possession of narcotics just over a month before, as she lay mortally ill; in the room from which a police guard had been removed by court order only a few hours before her death.

Billie Holiday

Education

She routinely missed school after starting kindergarten at St. Frances Academy. Her absenteeism led to her being taken before a juvenile court on January 5, 1925, when she was nine years old. On March 19, 1925, Billie was taken to the House of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic reform institution, where she was christened.

On October 3, 1925, she was “paroled” to her mother after nine months of care. Sadie had started the East Side Grill, a restaurant where both her mother and daughter worked long hours. She dropped out of school when she was eleven years old.

Net Worth

Holiday’s fortune was estimated to be worth roughly $1,000,000, with an annual income of $121,212. Her 3rd husband, Louis McKay, inherited Holliday’s estate, including her earnings, because she died intestate under New York law.

Professional Career

Holiday began performing in Harlem nightclubs when he was a teenager. “Your Mother’s Son-In-Law” and “Riffin’ the Scotch” was her first hit.

In Duke Ellington’s musical short film Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life, Holiday had a brief role as a woman tortured by her lover in 1935. In her scene, she sang “Saddest Tale.”

Holiday was contracted to Brunswick by John Hammond in 1935 to record pop tunes in the swing style with pianist Teddy Wilson for the burgeoning jukebox market.

After “Strange Fruit,” the popularity of the Holiday skyrocketed. She was mentioned in Time magazine.

Holiday was at the height of her commercial success by 1947, having earned $250,000 in the previous three years. In the 1946 and 1947 DownBeat polls, she was ranked second, her most excellent ranking. On July 6, 1947, she was voted fifth in Billboard’s annual college poll of “female vocalists” (Jo Stafford was first). Holiday was voted most popular by Metronome magazine in 1946.

Holiday was arrested for narcotics possession at her New York residence on May 16, 1947. Because of his outstanding behaviour, Holiday was freed early (on March 16, 1948). Holiday’s health had deteriorated by the 1950s due to her drug usage, alcoholism, and relationships with abusive men. She discussed her attempts to overcome her hardships on The Comeback Story’s ABC reality series.

In 1956, William Dufty ghostwrote Holiday’s autobiography; Lady Sings the Blues.

During her lifetime, Billie Holiday won numerous Esquire Magazine accolades. In addition to the Grammy Hall of Fame, Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame, she was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Billie Holiday’s statue was unveiled in Baltimore in 1985, and it was finished in 1993 with additional panels of pictures inspired by her famous song Strange Fruit.

Relationships

Billie was married several times to different persons in her lifetime. Firstly, she tied her knots with Jimmy Monroe in 1941. After catching her husband, Jimmy Monroe, with lipstick on his collar, she penned “Don’t Explain.”

She later married Joe Guy in 1951, but the relationship ended in 1957.

Holiday married Mafia enforcer Louis McKay in March 1957. McKay was abusive, and they were estranged but not divorced at her death. McKay inherited Holliday’s estate, including her earnings, because she died intestate under New York law.

Trivia

  • Billie Holiday was a jazz and swing singer from the United States.
  • Holiday was nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and music partner, Lester Young.
  • Her birth name was Eleanora Fagan.
  • On April 7, 1915, she was born in Philadelphia to an African-American teen couple named Sarah Julia “Sadie” Fagan and Clarence Halliday.
  • Eleanora had a tough childhood growing up in Baltimore. Her mother frequently worked on passenger railroads, which were called “transportation employment” at the time.
  • Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, at 44 due to heart failure with liver cirrhosis at Metropolitan Hospital in New York.
  • She routinely missed school after starting kindergarten at St. Frances Academy. Her absenteeism led to her being taken before a juvenile court on January 5, 1925, at nine years old.
  • On March 19, 1925, she was taken to the House of the Good Shepherd, a Catholic reform institution, where she was christened.
  • She dropped out of school when she was eleven years old.
  • Holiday’s fortune was estimated to be worth roughly $1,000,000, with an annual income of $121,212.
  • Her 3rd husband, Louis McKay, inherited Holliday’s estate, including her earnings, because she died intestate under New York law.
  • During her lifetime, Billie Holiday won numerous Esquire Magazine accolades.
  • In addition to the Grammy Hall of Fame, Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame, she was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • Billie Holiday’s statue was unveiled in Baltimore in 1985, and it was finished in 1993 with additional panels of pictures inspired by her famous song Strange Fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happened to Billie Holiday?

Billie Holiday had a heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver and died at 44 on July 17, 1959.

How old was Billie Holiday when she died?

Billie Holiday was 44 years old at the time of her death.

What song is Billie Holiday famous for?

Billie Holiday is popularly known for the song “Carelessly”.

Did Billie Holiday have children?

No, she didn’t have her children.

What was Billie Holiday worth when she died?

Holiday’s fortune was estimated to be worth roughly $1,000,000, with an annual income of $121,212. Her 3rd husband, Louis McKay, inherited Holliday’s estate, including her earnings, because she died intestate under New York law.

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