Gertrude C. Saunders

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Gertrude C. Saunders

Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Death: April 1991 (87)
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Partner of Jack Gee

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Gertrude C. Saunders

Gertrude Saunders was born on August 25, 1903 in North Carolina. She was an actress, known for Big Timers (1945), Sepia Cinderella (1947) and The Toy Wife (1938). She died in April 1991 in Beverly, Massachusetts. imdb

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Saunders is infamously known for her affair with 'Empress of the Blues,' Bessie Smith's husband, Jack Gee. Gertrude Saunders was the antithesis of Bessie Smith, their personalities and looks contrasted sharply: Gertrude’s complexion was light, her hair long and her disposition gentle. She was also slim and quite a bit younger than Bessie. The artistic gap that separated the two was equally wide: Gertrude Saunders relied more on her looks than on her voice.

“She was the opposite of Bessie,” said Ruby (Bessie's niece), making no secret of her disdain. “She had light skin and long curly 'good' hair and a gorgeous figure, and she knew it. In fact, she thought her **** didn’t stink."

Bessie and Gertrude had two run-ins, the second left Gertrude beaten and bloody on a sidewalk and Bessie charged with assault. Afterwards, Gertrude vowed never to have anything to with Jack again. Although she denied it, word was that she did not keep her vow.

[Bio: Bessie, by Chris Albertson]

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Gertrude C. Saunders's Timeline

August 25, 1903
North Carolina, United States
April 1991
Age 87
Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, United States