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Ada 'Bricktop' Smith
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    (August 14, 1894-February 1, 1984)
    Born in Alderson , West Virginia
    Died in New York City, New York
    Owned the Parisian nightspot 'Chez Bricktop' (1924-1961)
    Passed away in her sleep at 89
    Her full name was Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith.
    She was a drunk.
    She puffed on cigars.
    She had a fling with Josephine Baker.
    She explained, 'I'm 100 per cent American Negro with a trigger Irish temper.'
    Her head of flame-red hair garnered her the nickname 'Bricktop.'
    Labeled the 'Doyenne of Cafe Society,' only the well-heeled and well-connected frequented her club.
    Django Reinhardt created a tune in her honor.
    When Cole Porter witnessed her dancing the Charleston he declared, 'What legs! What legs!'
    F. Scott Fitzgerald bragged, 'My greatest claim to fame is that I met Bricktop before Cole Porter.'

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