I received this e-mail from Jazz musician Jim Martinez this morning. I thought you all would find it interesting:
"Found out on 4/3/10 that Doris is only 86 years old, not 88. Her mother lied about her age so she could join the Big Bands at 16...said she was 18. :-) We did three tribute concerts to her in Carmel and we even spoke to Doris on the phone Saturday afternoon! But she was actually born in 1924, not 1922."
I wouldn't be surprised if this were true. She was certainly not the first young woman to lie about her age in order to get a job in show business!
Check out the tribute concert site here.
Well, after more research, I could have been told wrong (above). I looked on Ancestry.com, where I have an account. According to the 1930 Census, Doris was 7+ years old in 1930, putting her birthdate at 1923...or 1922. But you didn't hear it from me! Column 13 is age.ReplyDelete
Ah well, the woman doesn't seem to have aged in sprit. That's the important thing, eh?ReplyDelete