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Lyle Talbot began his career as an itinerant carnival and vaudeville performer before eventually making his way to Hollywood. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A Daughter Remembers Her 'Entertainer' Father

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Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues," gave voice the listeners' tribulations and yearnings of the 1920s and '30s. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

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