Birth Family Ella was the child of a common-law marriage between William and Temperance Fitzgerald
Marriage/Spouse First husband was Benny Kornegay Second husband was Ray Brown. In 1957, it was reported that Fitzgerald had secretly married Thor Einar Larsen, a young Norwegian, in Oslo.
Children adopted a child born to Fitzgerald’s half-sister, Frances, whom they christened Ray Brown, Jr. Education attended public school
Career American jazz vocalist
Reason for Fame Known as “First Lady of Song”, Lady Ella.
Additional Information With a vocal range spanning three octaves, Ella was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a “hornlike” improvisational ability, particular in her scatsinging. Over a recording career that lasted 59 years, she was the winner of 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National medal of Art by Ronald Reagan and the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George H. W.Bush.