1920 - Norma Deloris Egstrom, born on the 26th of May in Jamestown, North Dakota, the youngest child of seven. She is was an American Jazz and Traditional Pop singer and songwriter and Oscar-nominated performer.
1941 - Got her big break as a singer with Benny Goodman's band, Peggy Lee went on to a career that mixed jazz and pop singing with movie and TV stardom.
1955 - She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as a fading torch singer in Pete Kelly's Blues, with Jack Webb.
- Co-wrote and performed several songs for Walt Disney's animated movie Lady and the Tramp. She was paid $3,500 for Lady and the Tramp.
1958 - At the height of her popularity, she was known for her sex appeal and sultry tunes, in particular the mega-hit song "Fever".
1991 - She won a lawsuit against Disney that allowed her to collect royalties from the videocassette release, sales of which were estimated at the time to be $90 million.
1995 - She was given a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
2002 - She died on the 21st of January after a lengthy illness following a stroke.
Page last updated: 8:41am, 09
- "Some of us just go along . . . until that marvelous day people stop intimidating us -- or should I say we refuse to let them intimidate us?"