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herself to men who mistreated her, and she began drinking heavily. Her health suffered; she lost most of her substantial earnings by then, and her voice coarsened through age and mistreatment 11 . As she became more famous, her life became more troubled leading her to become addicted drugs and alcohol to solve her problems. Her addiction to narcotics also led her to waste most of her money. Shortly after, Billie began to lose the quality in her voice due to mistreatment and she no longer attained the skill and spirit as she did before. At the age of forty four Billie succumbed in 1959 to cirrhosis of the liver, kidney trouble, and cardiac arrest 12 . Billie’s bad addictions led to her downfall and eventually caused her death. Billie Holiday was a very important figure to the Harlem Renaissance because she introduced a new style of jazzing singing and inspired many other singers to follow her manner of singing. Although she had a rough childhood and faced many hardships she was still able to become famous and be recognized for her unique timing, phrasing, light and untrained voice, and ability to move listeners. Bibliography Oxford University Press, "Billie Holiday." Accessed December 7, 2012. http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_holiday_billie.htm . 11 "Billie Holiday." http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_holiday_billie.htm 12 "Billie Holiday." Contemporary Black Biography . Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Gale U.S. History In Context . Web. 6 Dec. 2012.
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"Biography." Accessed December 7, 2012. http://www.billieholiday.com/about/biography.htm . Contemporary Black Biography. Vol. 1, "Billie Holiday." Last modified 2008. Accessed December 7, 2012. http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/uhic/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow? . Encyclopedia of World Biography, "Billie Holiday." Last modified 2008. Accessed December 7, 2012. http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/uhic/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow? . PBS, "Billie Holiday." Last modified 2006. Accessed December 7, 2012. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/billie-holiday/about-the-singer/68/ . Oxford University Press, "Billie Holiday." Accessed December 7, 2012. http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_holiday_billie.htm .
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