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Bessie Smith (1894–1937)

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Angel Heart (1987), Water for Elephants (2011) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004). She was previously married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Angel Heart Soundtrack
Water for Elephants Soundtrack
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Soundtrack
Dolemite Is My Name Soundtrack


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 1929 St. Louis Blues (Short)
Bessie - Battered Wife
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Other Works:

CD: "Bessie Smith Sings the Blues" (Columbia) See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 4 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)


Jack Gee  (divorced)

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Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1984. See more »


Empress of the Blues

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