Moms Mabley Net Worth at Death – Salary, Income, Earnings

Moms Mabley Net Worth

Moms Mabley had an estimated net worth of $5 million at death. Moms Mabley was a trailblazing African American 20th century comedian known for warm yet raunchy stand-up routines and hit albums. She earned most of her income from her comedy shows, movies, and television programs. 

Moms Mabley was born in the 1890s in Brevard, North Carolina, and went on to become the top standup comedienne of her era. She appeared in several films, was a headliner at the Apollo Theater, and had hit comedy albums in the 1960s. She was also a popular guest on a number of television variety shows. She died on May 23, 1975, in New York. A documentary about Mabley’s life was directed by comedian Whoopi Goldberg.

To calculate the net worth of Moms Mabley, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Moms Mabley
Net Worth: $5 Million
Monthly Salary: $100 Thousand
Annual Income: $2 Million
Source of Wealth: Comedian, Actress

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Background

Loretta Mary Aiken, better known as Moms Mabley, was born on March 19, 1894 (some sources say 1897) in Brevard, North Carolina, to a large family. She had a horrifying and traumatic childhood. When she was 11, her firefighter father was killed in an explosion, and her mother was hit and killed by a truck on Christmas Day. By the time she was in her teens, Aiken had been raped twice and had become pregnant from both encounters, with both children being adopted.

Becoming Moms Mabley

At the age of 14, Aiken left home to pursue a career in show business, joining the African American vaudeville circuit as a comedian through the Theatre Owners Booking Association. For a short time, she dated fellow performer Jack Mabley, and she adopted his name, Jackie Mabley, with “Moms” referring to her eventual reputation as a mentoring, mothering spirit.

She began working with the duo Butterbeans & Susie in the early 1920s and eventually became a Cotton Club attraction. Mabley also worked in film and on stage, collaborating with writer Zora Neale Hurston on the 1931 Broadway show Fast and Furious: A Colored Revue in 37 Scenes and starring in Paul Robeson’s Emperor Jones (1933).

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Public vs. Private Persona

Beginning in the late 1930s, Mabley was the first woman comedian to appear at the Apollo, and she went on to appear on the stage more times than any other performer. She also made a comeback on the big screen with The Big Timers (1945), Boarding House Blues (1948), and the musical revue Killer Diller (1948), in which she co-starred with Nat King Cole and Butterfly McQueen.

Mabley’s standup routines were riotous affairs, heightened by her persona as an older, housedress-clad figure who provided sly commentary on racial bigotry to African American audiences. Her jokes also hinted at a lustful desire for younger men. Offstage, however, she had a glamorous, chic appearance and was known to be a lesbian.

Hit Albums

Mabley launched her recording career with the gold-certified debut album The Funniest Woman Alive on Chess Records. Subsequent albums such as Moms Mabley at the Playboy Club, Moms Mabley at the UN, and Young Men, Si – Old Men, No expanded Mabley’s fan base (she ultimately recorded many albums). She appeared on some of the day’s most popular variety shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show, and performed on the Carnegie Hall stage.

Legacy and Whoopi Goldberg Film

Mobley starred in the 1974 film Amazing Grace, which she completed despite suffering a heart attack during filming. She died in White Plains, New York, on May 23, 1975.

Clarice Taylor, who played Bill Cosby’s mother on The Cosby Show and was a huge fan of Mabley’s work, staged Moms at the Astor Place Theater in 1987, in which she portrayed the trailblazing icon. More than two decades later, fellow comedian Whoopi Goldberg made her directorial debut with the documentary Moms Mabley: I Got Something to Tell You, which aired on HBO and the Tribeca Film Festival.

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