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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 21, 2002|
|Born:||May 26, 1920||Cause of Death:||heart attack|
|Birth Place:||Jamestown, North Dakota, USA||Profession:||Music ...|
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Made radio debut at age 14 (date approximate)
Adopted stage name after moving to Fargo
First break, a vocal group with which she performed was hired to play clubs in Chicago
Seen by Benny Goodman and asked to join his band as the female vocalist; made first record with Goodman, "Elmer's Tune"; left Goodman in 1943
Film debut as a guest artist in "Stage Door Canteen"
Had first hit "Why Don't You Do Right"
Played a singer performing "The Lady Who Didn't Believe in Love" in the film "The Powers Girl"
Signed to a recording contract by Capitol Records
Early TV appearance in the first network-produced hour-long variety show "Hour Glass" (NBC)
Starred in the short "Banquet of Melody", performing own composition "I Don't Know Enough About You", written with husband Dave Barbour
Recorded song "It's a Good Day", co-written with Barbour
Had hit single "Manana"
Appeared opposite Bing Crosby in the film "Mr. Music"
Starred in the CBS summer variety series "The Peggy Lee Show"
Switched recording labels and signed with Decca Records; first success with that label, "Lover"
Made dramatic debut in films in the short "Midnight Serenade" (filmed in 1947)
Played first dramatic lead in a feature as the woman who loves "The Jazz Singer", played by Danny Thomas
Provided voices of several characters and wrote songs for Disney's "Lady and the Tramp"
Won acclaim and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance as an alcoholic singer in "Pete Kelly's Blues"; last feature acting role to date
Starred opposite Jack Benny as his wife in the CBS production "Shower of Stars: The Flattering World"
Left Decca and returned to Capitol Records
Recorded one of her signature songs, "Fever"
Had rare dramatic TV role in "So Deadly, So Evil" broadcast on CBS' "General Electric Theatre"
Headlined own CBS variety special "Revlon Presents: 76 Men and Peggy Lee", directed by Abe Burrows
British TV debut in "Big Night Out" (BBC)
Appeared at Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall in a program called "The Jazz Tree"
Starred in the syndicated variety program "Something Special with Peggy Lee"
Had hit recording of "Is That All There Is?"
Headlined the public television broadcast "The World of Peggy Lee" (National Educational Television)
Made rare acting appearance as a guest on the legal show "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law" (ABC), playing a singer-songwriter involved in a plagiarism suit
Performed the Oscar-nominated song "The Way We Were" on the annual telecast of the Academy Awards
Suffered near-fatal fall in a New York City hotel
Headlined the variety program "Peggy" for Thames Television in Great Britain
Starred in "Peggy Lee Entertains" (BBC-2)
Made sole Broadway appearance in the autobiographical one-woman show "Peg"; production closed after 13 previews and five performances
Starred in PBS presentation "Peggy Lee Live in Atlantic City"
Underwent heart surgery
Seriously injured in a fall in Las Vegas
Filed lawsuit against Disney for share of royalties of videocassette sales of "The Lady and the Tramp"
Awarded $3.83 million in videocassette profits from (she was originally paid $3,500 for her work in the 1955 film which had then grossed over $70 million in profits from video sales)
Suffered a stroke on October 27
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