Bessie Love - Oscar-nominated actress and playright. Born Juanita Horton, she was given her screen name by D. Acted in her first film in 1916 ("Aquitted") and her last in 1983 ("The Hunger"). Performed the first "Charleston" dance
Bessie Smith was an American blues singer. Nicknamed "The Empress of the Blues", Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the and She is regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and a major influence on many blues and jazz vocalists.