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Helen Morgan (Helen Riggins)

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Biography

Danville, Illinois, USA
Before the tragic legacies of songbird icons Édith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland took hold, there was the one...the original...lady who sang the blues and started the whole "bawl" rolling. Like her successors, Helen Morgan lived the sad songs she sang...and more.

She started her life fittingly enough on August 2, 1900 in very humble surroundings. Her father was an Illinois dirt farmer and school master. She moved to Chicago while young and worked a number of menial blue-collar jobs -- manicurist, cracker-packager, counter clerk. Read more...

Actor

Character: Kitty Darling

Applause 1929

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Character: Herself - Appearance in Revue Scenes

Glorifying the American Girl 1929

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Character: Lola Fagan

Roadhouse Nights 1930

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Character: MissTapia

Marie Galante 1934

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Character: Bonnie Kay

You Belong to Me 1934

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Character: Singer in Raided Nightclub

American Pop 1981

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