Why Don't You Do Right?Leaving Goodman's band in 1943, she became a solo act and cowrote (with husband Dave Barbour) and performed a number of popular songs including
It's a Good Day(1947) and the 1948 chart-topper
Mañana.Lee wrote or cowrote more than 200 songs and recorded more than 600, among them the sultry
Is That All There Is?(1969), her late-career anthem. Lee was in several films, notably acting in The Jazz Singer (1952) and Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), voiced such animated features as The Lady and the Tramp (1955), appeared on numerous television programs, and continued to perform into the 1990s.
See her autobiography (1989, rev. ed. 2002); chronology by R. Strom (2005); biography by P. Richmond (2006).
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