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Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday marked with Grammy exhibit

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/25/2017 By MICHAEL CIDONI LENNOX, Associated Press
Scott Goldman, executive director of The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, and Nwaka Onwusa, curator of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, pose for a portrait at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Scott Goldman, executive director of The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, and Nwaka Onwusa, curator of the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, pose for a portrait at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammy Museum is putting rare Ella Fitzgerald memorabilia on display for what would have been the singing legend's 100th birthday.

A dress worn by Ella Fitzgerald is displayed at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press A dress worn by Ella Fitzgerald is displayed at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The museum's "Ella at 100" exhibition includes the first Grammy Award that Fitzgerald won — the first awarded to an African-American woman — as well as some of her gowns, sheet music and personal telegrams. It also features concert footage.

Nwaka Onwusa, curator of The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, poses for a portrait at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Nwaka Onwusa, curator of The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, poses for a portrait at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Fitzgerald died in 1996 at 79 from diabetes complications and left few possessions beyond personal notes, but the exhibit puts a focus on what made Fitzgerald a star — her voice.

Miles Mosley speaks during an interview at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Miles Mosley speaks during an interview at a sneak preview of "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" at The Grammy Museum at L.A. Live on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The exhibit is one of several celebrations of Fitzgerald's birthday. New York City declared Tuesday, her birthday, Ella Fitzgerald Day and the Smithsonian has also opened a special exhibit.

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