“Born into a family long active in architecture, music, stage, design and dance on three continents, her mother, Elizabeth Ellis, was a couture designer whose clothes were worn by many movie stars. In the 1970s, her cousin, Lareen Fender, created The Ballet School in Lafayette California.
Claretta (Ellis) White grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and studied dance dramatics, violin and piano. Her major talent as a performer easily paved the way for her to become a professional singer and dancer in the Midwest while continuing her art studies at Tulsa University and the Kansas City Conservatory of Art.
After moving from Tulsa to Los Angeles, she soon became represented by an agent and began receiving contracts as an
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