Ruth Etting

From the November 21 1932 Toronto Daily Star:


Ruth Etting (1897-1978) was a singer and actress, popular in the 1920s and 1930s. She did not have an easy life, to put it mildly.

Her manager was her husband, Moe Snyder, who was aggressive and controlling; she divorced him in 1937, surrendering half her career earnings to him as a result. In 1938, Snyder, who didn’t like the idea of his ex-wife seeing another man, shot Etting’s new partner, pianist Myrl Alderman, and threatened to kill Etting and their daughter. Etting and Alderman later married, and remained together until his death in 1966.

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