Ella Fitzgerald

Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader
Born: 04/25/1917 in Newport News, Virginia, USA


Music (53)

Manchester By The Sea 2016 (Movie)

("I'm Beginning To See The Light") (Song Performer)

Black Mass 2015 (Movie)

("Jingle Bells") (Song Performer)

Joy 2015 (Movie)

("I Want To Be Happy") (Song Performer)

I Am Ali 2014 (Movie)

("Louisville KY") (Song Performer)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("It's De-Lovely") (Song Performer)

Friends With Kids 2012 (Movie)

("I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm") (Song Performer)

Silver Linings Playbook 2012 (Movie)

("Do I Love You") (Song Performer)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("Get Thee Behind Me Satan") (Song Performer)

The Master 2012 (Movie)

("A-Tisket A-Tasket") (Song)

The Answer Man 2009 (Movie)

("Isn't It Romantic") (Song Performer)

Two Lovers 2009 (Movie)

("Rockin' In Rhythm") (Song Performer)

Teeth 2008 (Movie)

("Throw Out The Lifeline") (Song Performer)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

("It's Only a Paper Moon") (Song Performer)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Ding-Dong the Witch is Dead!") (Song Performer)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

("Too Darn Hot") (Song Performer)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

("Cow Cow Boogie") (Song Performer)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

("Sleigh Ride") (Song Performer)

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

("Where Or When") (Song Performer)

The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

("Sunshine Of Your Love") (Song Performer)

God is Great, I'm Not 2002 (Movie)

("What is This Thing Called Love") (Song Performer)

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

("Manhattan") (Song Performer)

Focus 2001 (Movie)

("Tain't What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)") (Song Performer)

Grammy's Greatest Performances 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Nomadas 2000 (Movie)

("Cheek to Cheek") (Song Performer)

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

("They Can't Take That Away From Me") (Song Performer)

Shaker Heights: The Struggle For Integration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Lolita 1998 (Movie)

("T'aint What You Do (It's the Way That Cha Do It)") (Song Performer)

Porgy and Bess: An American Voice 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Sphere 1998 (Movie)

("I'm Making Believe") (Song Performer)

Love! Valour! Compassion! 1997 (Movie)

("Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered") (Song Performer)

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

("Don't Be That Way") (Song Performer)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

("Isn't it Romantic") (Song)

The English Patient 1996 (Movie)

("Check to Check") (Song Performer)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

("I'm Up a Tree") (Song Performer)

Miami Rhapsody 1995 (Movie)

("I Only Have Eyes For You") (Song Performer)

While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") (Song Performer)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

("Heat Wave") (Song Performer)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

("Stairway To the Stars" "Drop Me Off in Harlem" "Undecided" "Chew Chew Chew" "Azure") (Song Performer)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

("Chew Chew Chew") (Song)

The Setting Sun 1992 (Movie)

("The Setting Sun") (Song Performer)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

("I Get a Kick Out of You") (Song Performer)

Ready, Steady, Go! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

("I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)") (Song Performer)

When Harry Met Sally... 1989 (Movie)

("Our Love Is Here to Stay" "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" "Where or When") (Song Performer)

Torch Song Trilogy 1988 (Movie)

("This Time the Dream's on Me") (Song Performer)

I'll Take Manhattan 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Desert Hearts 1986 (Movie)

("I Wished on the Moon") (Song Performer)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)

("Cow Cow Boogie" "Stone Cold Dead in the Market") (Song Performer)

The Dollar Bottom 1980 (Movie)

("Isn't This Romantic?") (Song Performer)

A Place For Lovers 1969 (Movie)

("A Place For Lovers") (Song Performer)

But Not For Me 1958 (Movie)

("But Not For Me") (Song Performer)

Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (21)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday Celebration 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The Incomparable Nat King Cole 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The Unforgettable Nat King Cole 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Ella on Ella: A Personal Portrait 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


The Carpenters -- Music, Music, Music 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The Captain and Tennille Songbook 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


All-Star Swing Festival 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


The Big Band and All That Jazz 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Perry Como's Summer Show 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)


Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 (Movie)

Flora (Actor)

St. Louis Blues 1958 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

Maggie Jackson (Actor)

Ride 'Em Cowboy (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)




Ray Brown

married December 1947 divorced 1953

Ray Brown

adopted son of Fitzgerald's half-sister survived her

William Fitzgerald

in common-law marriage with Fitzgerald's mother separated c. 1918

Benjamin Kornegay

marriage annulled after two years Kornegay was a petty thief who had a criminal record

Temperance Williams

in common-law marriage with Fitzgerald's father separated c. 1918 died in 1932



Wins two awards at inaugural Grammys


Releases critically-acclaimed Ella In Berlin


Acting debut in a feature "Pete Kelly's Blues"


Develops scat style on tour with Dizzy Gillespie


First feature appearance as herself in "Ride 'Em Cowboy" starring Abbott and Costello; sang "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"


Became nominal lead of Chick Webb Band sfter Webb's death


Had first hit recording with "A-Tisket A-Tasket"


Made stage singing debut in amateur contest at the Apollo Theater; won first prize


Upon mother's death, moved to Harlem (NYC) to live with aunt


Moved with mother and mother's boyfriend Joseph Da Silva to Yonkers, New York (date approximate)

Known for such albums as "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book" and "Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas"

Popular songs include "Sleigh Ride" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

Hired by Chick Webb to sing with his orchestra

Bonus Trivia


Fitzgerald has received the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Medal of Honor Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and an honorary doctorate of music from Harvard University.


Fitzgerald was a supporter of many charities including the American Heart Association and the City of Hope Medical Center. She established the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation in 1993.


Fitzgerald starred in commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken, American Express and Memorex.


In 1997, Newport News, Virginia created a music festival with Christopher Newport University to honor Ella Fitzgerald and teach the region's youth of her musical legacy.


Ann Hampton Callaway, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Patti Austin have all recorded Ella Fitzgerald tribute albums, with the latter's For Ella receiving a Grammy nomination in 2003.