Peggy Lee: she broke out the booze, but she didn’t have a ball

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Peggy Lee: she broke out the booze, but she didn’t have a ball

The American singer’s voice was ‘nothing short of perfect’, but her life was another story

Martin Chilton

Peggy Lee was one of Truman Capote’s favourite singers, but the novelist got more than he bargained for when he dined with her in Los Angeles in 1979.

Lee recalled for him all the times she had been reincarnated, as a princess, an Abyssinian queen and, most startlingly, she said: “I remember being a prostitute in Jerusalem when Jesus was alive.”

“Oh really,” Capote replied. “How do you remember?”..

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