1906 – Loretta Sell Hildegarde Born

On this date singer was born in Adell, Wisconsin. As a young girl, Hildegarde toured the United States as a vaudeville accompanist and eventually developed a solo act. She was discovered when a scout from London’s Café de Paris saw her in New York and invited her to perform in London. Known simply as “Hildegarde,” she was the toast of café society, capturing the fancy of King Gustavus V of Sweden, who called her “the girl with the eternal touch of Spring,” and performing at well-established venues such as the Ritz, the Carlton, the Monte Cristo, and the Savoy. Back in America, Hildegarde held court at the Persian Room of the Plaza for six straight years, charming audiences with her beauty, her couture gowns, her witty and risqué patter, and her evocative soprano voice. [Source: ]