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Name: Peggy Lee                                                                   
Birth name: Norma Deloris Egstrom                                                 
Born: 26 May 1920 Jamestown, North Dakota                                         
Died January 21, 2002                                                             
Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 - January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and traditional   
pop singer and songwriter and Oscar-nominated performer. She was born Norma       
Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota. Widely recognized as one of the most   
important musical influences of the 20th century, Lee has been cited as a mentor   
to such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Madonna, k.d. lang,       
Elvis Costello, Dusty Springfield, Dr. John, and numerous others. As a             
songwriter, she collaborated with her late husband Dave Barbour, Sonny Burke,     
Victor Young, Francis Lai, Dave Grusin, John Chiodini, and Duke Ellington who     
stated, "If I'm the Duke, then Peggy's the Queen." As an actress, she was         
nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Pete Kelly's Blues.                 
Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby and Louis   
Armstrong all cited Lee as one of their favorite singers.