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Moms Mabley

Moms Mabley took a long time getting to be a star.  It was a slow climb up from the Whitman Sisters shows, singing, dancing and clowning, to establish herself, first as one of black vaudeville most beloved headliners, and then, as a favorite of white television audiences.  Her character was an old woman, earthy and wise.  Her famous complaint was that “the only thing an old man can do for me is bring me a message from a young one.”