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Nora Holt, photographed with a marionette by Carl Van Vechten on August 29, 1937, was the first African American to earn a master’s degree in music (Chicago Musical College, 1918). She was a music critic for two preeminent black newspapers, the Chicago Defender and the New York Amsterdam News. Married five (or more) times, she was also a regular in the gossip columns thanks to her scandalous love life.

Nora Holt, photographed with a marionette by Carl Van Vechten on August was first African American to earn a master’s degree in music (Chicago Musical College, She was a music critic.

Nora Holt, photographed with a marionette by Carl Van Vechten on August 29, 1937, was first African American to earn a master’s degree in music (Chicago Musical College, 1918) She was a music critic for two preeminent black newspapers, the Chicago Defender and the New York Amsterdam News. Married five (or more) times, she was a regular in the gossip columns thanks to her love life. Ms. Holt was said to be the inspiration for the "Lasca Sartoris" character in Van Vechten's "N****r Heaven."

Nora Holt, photographed with a marionette by Carl Van Vechten on August was first African American to earn a master’s degree in music (Chicago Musical College, She was a music critic.

Joyce Bryant by Carl Van Vechten.    By all accounts, she had real talent, but the focus was on her sexy image despite her undeniable soprano (with 4 octave range). Once dubbed the “black Marilyn Monroe,” constant mentions in Walter Winchell’s gossip column made her a star and she was widely considered the first dark-skinned Black woman to be considered a sex symbol inside and outside of the black c  ommunity.

Joyce Bryant by Carl Vechten. By all accounts, she had real talent, but the focus was on her sexy image despite her undeniable soprano (with 4 octave range). Once dubbed the “black Marilyn Monroe,”.

Walter Winchell

Walter Winchell was an aggressive radio and newspaper journalist. He is credited with creating the gossip column.

"Viva Las Vegas" 1964 -  If the plot line for "Viva Las Vegas" sounds familiar – Vegas gambling, race cars & hit song/dance routines – what makes it enduringly popular is the palpable on screen electricity between Elvis and Ann-Margaret. Their off screen affair was documented in contemporary gossip columns.  But, haggling between Elvis’ mgr and the film’s director over screen time dedicated to his client meant that the pair’s sizzling version of "You’re The Boss" was not included in the…

"I’m kind of a big deal" – Ann Margret & Elvis Presley on the set of Viva Las Vegas, 1964

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