Mabley, Moms

Mabley, (Jackie) Moms (b. Loretta Mary Aiken)

(1894–1975) comedienne; born in Brevard, N.C. A teenage runaway, she played a raunchy grandma on the "Chitlin' circuit" in Northern ghettos for 40 years until whites discovered her in the 1960s.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.