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Watch Gabourey Sidibe Portray Ella Fitzgerald In 'Drunk History' Clip
Gabourey Sidibe has been busy on the third season of Empire, but she recently made an appearance on the latest episode of Comedy Central's Drunk History.
Sidibe portrays iconic jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, whose story is told by Tymberlee Hill. This particular bit of fun history is centered around Fitzgerald and her friendship with iconic actress and model Marilyn Monroe.
The story begins with Fitzgerald touring on the road through the Chitlin Circuit. At some point she tries to gain entrance to a popular club called the Mocambo, where singers such as Frank Sinatra made his debut in the 1940s, and celebrities such as Lana Turner, Charlie Chaplin and Cary Grant regularly frequented.
However, they don't allow Fitzgerald in regardless of her popularity as a singer, because of her appearance (insert side eye). The scene then transitions to Monroe, who is tired of performing in roles that cater to the male gaze, and wants to become a triple threat (actress, model and singer). She talks to her voice coach who advises her to listen to Fitzgerald, which she does (according to Hill, she listens to a specific Fitzgerald album "100 times in a row").
Monroe then calls the Mocambo and strikes up a deal with the manager that didn't allow Fitzgerald entrance: let Fitzgerald perform and in return Monroe will show up in the front every night so someone can take pictures. The manager then calls Fitzgerald and let's her know of the news, which leads to a pivotal moment in Fitzgerald's career.
Following one of the performances Monroe goes backstage to properly meet Fitzgerald, and the two end up realizing they have some stuff in common. Ultimately, that leads to the two having an everlasting friendship, to the point to where Fitzgerald even commemorated Monroe after she passed away, thanking her for getting the singer such an incredible opportunity.
Check out the video below.