“Fever” was one of Peggy Lee’s most popular songs, and she won the 1969 Grammy Award for the best sultry and poignant version of the song. She died on Jan. 21 at her Bel Air, Calif., home after a heart attack. Ms. Lee, a renowned singer, composer, and actress, has made hundreds of recordings and more than 50 albums since she was just 14 years old.
She established herself as a leading jazz stylist of her generation, often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Mildred Bailey, and June Christy, and received the most prestigious awards in her field. She made a name for herself in the early 1940s when she sang with Benny Goodman, who was at the height of his powers at the time.
Although many vocalists of this time period may have focused on brassy tunes or pushed their volume to the limit to outshine the band, Miss Lee took a different approach. While still maintaining a sense of swing, she developed an intimate and evocative phrasing style.
His parents were station agents for the Midland Continental Railroad and his mother Selma Emele (née Anderson) Egstrom. Lee was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920, the seventh of the eight children he had with his mother and father. Her family was Lutheran. Her parents, both of Scandinavian descent, raised her in the United States. Following the death of Lee’s mother at the age of 4, her father wed Minnie Schaumberg Wiese.
Throughout Lee’s childhood, her family moved around a lot along the Midland Continental Railroad corridor (Jamestown, Nortonville, and Wimbledon). Wimbledon High School, where she received her diploma in 1937, was her final educational stop before heading off to college.
She and her family lived and worked out of the Wimbledon depot building for many years before it was renamed the Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum in 2012.
An exhibit dedicated to Lee’s career and her ties to the region and state can be found on the museum’s upper floor, where the Egstroms once lived. With Lyle “Doc” Haines, Lee was the female lead singer of a six-piece college dance band in Wimbledon. On Fridays after school and on the weekends, she accompanied Haines’ quintet to various destinations.
Even in The 1990s, Lee Continued to Perform, Sometimes with The Aid of His Wheelchair. A Heart Attack and Complications from Diabetes Claimed Her Life at The Age of 81 in 2002. at The Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, Her Cremated Remains Were Interred with A Bench-Style Monument.
Her only Child, Nicki Lee Foster, Was Born on November 11, 1943, when She Was 23 Years Old. Nick’s Father Was Dave Barbour, Peggy’s First Husband.
For the Jazz Singer (1952), Lee Starred Alongside Danny Thomas, a Remake of The Al Jolson Movie, the Jazz Singer (1927). in Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955), She Played an Alcoholic Blues Singer and Was Nominated for An Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
As Darling, Peg the Dog, Si and Am Two Siamese Cats, Lee Lent His Voice to Several Characters in The 1955 Disney Film Lady and The Tramp (in Which He Also sang).
He’s a Tramp, Bella Notte, La La La Lu, the Siamese Cat Song, and Peace on Earth Were All Written by Her and Sonny Burke, Who Co-Wrote All of The Original Songs for The Film.
During the Vhs Release of Lady and The Tramp, Lee Requested Performance and Song Royalties. the Lawsuit Was Filed in 1988 when Disney Refused to Pay. in 1992, Lee Was Awarded $2.3 Million for Breach of Contract, Plus $500,000 for Unjust Enrichment, $600,000 for Illegal Use of Lee’s Voice, and $400,000 for The Use of Her Name.
Peggy Lee’s Net Worth
Dollars One Hundred Thousand
When Peggy Lee Died, She Was an American Jazz and Popular Music Singer, Composer, Songwriter, and Actress with A Fortune of $1 Million.
Peggy Enjoyed a Lavish Lifestyle Paid for By Tens of Millions of Dollars in Earnings During Her Lifetime. when She Died in 2002, It Was Reported that She Had Run out Of Money After a Six-Decade Career in The Entertainment Industry. “barely Had Enough Money to Support Her Luxurious Tastes,” Insiders Claimed at The Time.