Jessica Dragonette

Jessica Dragonette


Jessica Dragonette
Radio: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Radio Personality | Singer
Born Feb. 14, 1900 in Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died March 18, 1980 of heart attack in New York, NY

For more than two decades Jessica Dragonette was one of the most popular (and recognizable) voices on the radio.

Dragonette, a petite soprano, was born in India and was raised in a convent after being orphaned at the age of 6.

She got her show business start with an off-stage singing role in the 1924 production of "The Miracle." She started in radio shortly after in a musical comedy hour on the NBC network.

Dragonette performed for eight years on the "Cities Service Concert" and also appeared on the "Philco Hour" and the "Ford Summer Show."

One of the most active entertainers during World War II, she was awarded the United States Treasury Silver Medal for selling war bonds and silver wings from both the Army and Navy for entertaining the troops.

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