The Life & Secrets of Ina Ray Hutton
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AN AWARD WINNING ONE-WOMAN SHOW BASED ON TRUE EVENTS
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Melissa is the recipient of a grant from the Puffin Foundation for 2015.
Bombshell of Rhythm
Ina Ray Hutton was the most successful female bandleader of the Big Band era. Her all-girl band The Melodears were one of the most popular all-girl reviews of their time. Ina was also the first woman to have her own TV show in the 1950’s.
Ina hailed from the south-side of Chicago. At the age of 8, a vaudeville producer recognized her tap dancing abilities and arranged for her to move to NYC to perform in his children’s show. This event led to a remarkable 30 year career in entertainment. However, her success in the spotlight was threatened by a secret she couldn’t afford to reveal at that time.