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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Famous residents

  • Leon Thomas, American avant-garde jazz vocalist
  • Katherine Dunham -- dancer, choreographer, anthropologist and author -- introduced U.S. and European audiences to Caribbean- and African-based dance movements.
  • Josephine Baker, after surviving the 1917 race riots in East St. Louis, ran away at age 13 to dance in vaudeville, on Broadway and, eventually, with the Folies Bergère in Paris, where she became one of the best-known entertainers in Europe. During World War II she gathered intelligence for the French Resistance.
  • Jazz legend Miles Davis was born in Alton but grew up in East St. Louis.
  • Ike Turner met Tina Turner in 1956 at the Club Manhattan in East St. Louis. She then joined his band and they married.
  • In the films Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), the character of Father Charles O'Malley (played by Bing Crosby) was from East St. Louis, and sang the "East St. Louis High" alma mater ("Hail alma mater, thy time-honored halls shall echo with our praise till we die, and round our hearts are the ivy-covered walls of East St. Louis High.") in Going My Way.
  • The poet Robert Wrigley was born in East St. Louis in 1951.

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