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After her mother died, Ella had a lot of trouble. Her grades dropped at school. She couldn't find a good place to live. She became an orphan, a child whose parents are dead and gone. Eventually, she was sent to the New York Training School for Girls, but she escaped. And for a time, she was homeless.

But Ella Fitzgerald loved to dance and sing. And when she was just 17, she debuted at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. (Many other artists debuted at the Apollo Th...

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