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Kitty Kallen

Kitty KallenAKA Katie Kallen

Born: 25-May-1921
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 7-Jan-2016
Location of death: Cuernavaca, Mexico
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bésame Mucho

Number one singles on the US charts for Kallen are "Bésame Mucho" (1944), "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (1945), and "Little Things Mean a Lot" (1954). By the middle of 1955, for apparent psychological reasons she lost the ability to sing in front of a live audience, but continued recording in the studio. Kallen retired altogether in the early 1960s. When an impersonator Genevieve Agostinello died in 1978, Kallen's death was erroneously reported. Outliving that premature report by 37 years, she died at the start of 2016 in Mexico.

Father: Samuel Kallen (barber)
Mother: Fanny Kaplan
Husband: Clint Garvin (clarinetist, annulled)
Husband: Budd Granoff (publicist, m. 1948, d. 28-Apr-1996, one son)
Son: Jonathan
Boyfriend: Sonny Shiell (until her death)

    Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd. (8-Feb-1960)

    The Second Greatest Sex (Oct-1955)

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