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Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe

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Ella Fitzgerald's velvety tones and shube-doobie-doos captivated audiences. Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington couldn't wait to share the stage with her, but still, Ella could not book a performance at one of the biggest clubs in town — one she knew would give her career its biggest break yet.

Marilyn Monroe dazzled on the silver screen with her baby blue eyes and breathy boo-boo-be-doos. But when she asked for better scripts, a choice in who she worked with, and a higher salary, studio bosses refused.

Two women whose voices weren't being heard. Two women chasing after their dreams and each helping the other to achieve them. This is the inspiring, true story of two incredibly talented women who came together to help each other shine like the stars that they are.

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"After they got their big breaks, Ella in jazz singing and Marilyn in acting, each struggled to reach her full potential. In the United States, Ella faced barriers due to racism and places that only hired 'glamorous' stars. Marilyn got plenty of roles, but as a woman in an industry run by men, she lacked control over her career.... While Marilyn is shown attaining fame first, this warm story emphasizes Ella’s role in her success.... A good volume to include in a larger conversation about friendship, allyship, and social justice." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Vivian Kirkfield
Illustrator Alleanna Harris
ISBN 1499809158
Publication Date Jan 28, 2020
Publisher little bee books
Language English