Ella Fitzgerald: An actress as well as a legendary singer (+video)(Read article summary)
Ella Fitzgerald made appearances in several films, including the 1958 movie 'Pat Kelly's Blues' and 1960's 'Let No Man Write My Epitaph.' Of course, in most of her movies, Ella Fitzgerald ended up performing at least one song.
“Kelly” centered on the protagonist of the same name who worked as a musician but often had run-ins with various residents of the criminal world. Actor Jack Webb of “Dragnet” starred as Pete Kelly, while “Psycho” star Janet Leigh played Pat’s love interest Ivy.
Fitzgerald portrayed singer Maggie Jackson in the movie and performed two numbers, including “Hard-Hearted Hannah.”
Sharp-eyed viewers could also spot future star Jayne Mansfield in the film in a brief role, for which she was billed only as “Cigarette Girl.”