Anne Brown was the first ever Bess in "Porgy and Bess"

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Anne Brown was the first ever Bess in "Porgy and Bess"

Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:34 am

For a long time Gershwin told her "Your complexion is much too light!"

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:35 am

But finally he gave her the part, just for singing so good (Sportin' Life was supposed to be the light one):

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:36 am

And she really did sing good:

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:37 am

50 years later the light-skinned singers got to meet the dark-skinned replacements:

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