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Picturing The Past
Last updated 11/30/2020 at 4:22pm
World-renowned comedienne and actress Loretta Mary Aiken, known as ‘Retta’ to her family, was born in Brevard on March 19, 1897. Unfortunately, many of her biographical details are conflicting, fictional, or simply unavailable, which makes her life story unclear at points. Nonetheless, the information that is available is quite remarkable.
Born to Mary Smith and Jim Aiken, Loretta came from a large family of mixed African-American, Chero-kee and Irish ancestry. Her father was a prominent Brevard businessman and volunteer fireman. He was tragically killed in an explosion when his vehicl...