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Florence Mills

(1895-1927), Actress and singer

Sitter in 5 portraits
Born into poverty in Washington DC., Mills began performing at the age of five quickly developing a name on the vaudeville and burlesque circuits. In 1921 Mills gained her first major role, the lead in the hit musical Shuffle Away. In 1922 she appeared in Plantation Revue on Broadway, and the following year she travelled to London to perform in From Dover to Dixie at the London Pavilion. In 1926 she appeared in Blackbirds singing 'I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird' which became her signature song. Although no recordings have survived she is considered to be one of the leading performers of the Jazz Age and of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

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