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Bertha Lee

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Bertha Lee recorded hardly any, which really is a pity because she’s one particular powerful blues tone of voice. When she was youthful, Lee’s family transferred to Lula, Mississippi, where she’d eventually match Charley Patton. Their romantic relationship started in 1930 and lasted until his loss of life four years afterwards. In that period, Lee sang associated vocals on twelve of Patton’s recordings — blues and gospel — from periods in early 1934. It had been at among these that Lee cut three music of her very own: “Yellowish Bee” (a Memphis Minnie tune), the unissued “Pup Teach Blues” and “Brain Audience Blues.”

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Full Name Bertha Lee Pate
Died 1975, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession Singer
Music Songs Oh, Death, Troubled 'Bout My Mother, Oh Death, Yellow Bee, Mind Reader Blues, Yellow Bee Blues
Albums Dry Well Blues (The Complete Recordings 1930 & 1934)


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1 A former model and beauty contest winner, she was discovered by director Monta Bell. She had a brief career at MGM, usually playing stylish, well-coiffured but dizzy blondes.
2 Was a Wampas Baby Star in 1928.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paroled from the Big House 1938 Binnie Bell
Man-Proof 1938 Blonde Woman at Fight (uncredited)
Mannequin 1937 Flo (uncredited)
Candid Cameramaniacs 1937 Short Drowzina, Otto's Wife (uncredited)
A Night at the Movies 1937 Short Cashier (uncredited)
Double Wedding 1937 Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Give Till It Hurts 1937 Short Telephone Solicitor (uncredited)
My Dear Miss Aldrich 1937 Hat Saleswoman (uncredited)
Libeled Lady 1936 Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Fury 1936 Mrs. Fred Garrett (uncredited)
How to Behave 1936 Short Restaurant Gossip (uncredited)
Absolute Quiet 1936 Western Union Operator (uncredited)
The Great Ziegfeld 1936 Audience Member (uncredited)
A Night at the Opera 1935 Driftwood's Dining Companion (uncredited)
One in a Million 1935 Kitty Kennedy
Twenty Dollars a Week 1935 Ann Seymour
City Park 1934 Maizie, the Hooker
Meet the Baron 1933 Small Role (uncredited)
Corruption 1933 Mae
Song of the Eagle 1933 Nails' Girl (uncredited)
The Intruder 1933 Daisy
Boy Oh Boy! 1932 Short
Broadway to Cheyenne 1932 Mrs. Myrna Wallace
Midnight Morals 1932 Dora Cobb
Alias Mary Smith 1932 Blossom
West of Broadway 1931 Maizie
The Pagan Lady 1931 Gwen Willis
Julius Sizzer 1931 Short Cleo
The Galloping Ghost 1931 Irene Courtland
Traveling Husbands 1931 Mabel
The Lawless Woman 1931 Kitty Adams
Inspiration 1931 Gaby
Paid 1930 Bertha
Extravagance 1930 Sally
Our Blushing Brides 1930 Dardanelle - a Mannequin
Caught Short 1930 Manicurist
Free and Easy 1930 Gwen Lee - Actress in Bedroom Scene
Lord Byron of Broadway 1930 Bessie
Chasing Rainbows 1930 Peggy
Untamed 1929 Marjory
Fast Company 1929 Rosie La Clerq
The Man and the Moment 1929 Viola Hatfield
The Duke Steps Out 1929 uncredited
A Lady of Chance 1928 Gwen
The Baby Cyclone 1928 Jessie
Show Girl 1928 Nita Dugan
Thief in the Dark 1928 Flo
Diamond Handcuffs 1928 Cecile
The Actress 1928 Avonia
Laugh, Clown, Laugh 1928 Lucretia
Sharp Shooters 1928 Flossy
Lucky Boy 1928 Mrs. Ellis
Her Wild Oat 1927 Daisy
After Midnight 1927 Maizie
Adam and Evil 1927 Gwen De Vere
Twelve Miles Out 1927 Hulda
Orchids and Ermine 1927 Ermintrude
Heaven on Earth 1927 Claire
Women Love Diamonds 1927 Roberta Klein
There You Are! 1926 Anita Grant
Upstage 1926 Dixie Mason
The Lone Wolf Returns 1926 Liane De Lorme
The Boy Friend 1926 Pettie Wilson
Time Flies 1926 Short An Adventuress (as Gwendolyn Lee)
The Plastic Age 1925 Carl's girl (uncredited)
His Secretary 1925 Clara Bayne
Pretty Ladies 1925 Fay
Lady of the Night 1925 Molly's Friend

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Penny's Party 1938 Documentary short Herself
Estrellados 1930 Herself (Guest Appearance)
Fashion News 1930 Documentary Herself (1929)
The Voice of Hollywood 1930 Short Herself
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 1929 Herself

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