Billie Holiday, died at the age of 44 and is buried at Saint Raymond’s Cemetery in Bronx County, NY. Her music and life continue to inspire tributes. Feb 17, · Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse. Also known as.
Billie Holiday, birth name Elinore Harris, byname Lady Day, (born April 7, , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died July 17, , New York City, New York), American jazz singer, one of the greatest from the s to the ’50s. Personal Life & Legacy On August 25, , Billie married Jimmy Monroe, a trombonist but divorced him in She married Louis McKay on March 28, , who was a Mafia enforcer but separated later. Though issueless, Bevan Dufty and singer Billie Lorraine Feather were her two godchildren.
Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, , in Baltimore, Maryland. (She borrowed the name "Billie" from one of her favorite movie actresses, Billie Dove.) Born to an unwed teenage mother, Sadie Fagan, Holiday's childhood was one of poverty.