Ella's recording of The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" was one of George Martin's favorite recordings he produced.
Ella was a charter inductee of the "Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame" in 1978.
Ella made a cameo appearance in the 1980's television drama The White Shadow:
Ella starred in several television commercials for Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Ella had both her legs amputated in 1993.
Jazz singers Dee Dee Bridgewater, Patti Austin and Ann Hampton Callaway have all made Ella Fitzgerald tribute albums.
There is a statue of Ella in the Amtrak/Metro-North Railroad station in Yonkers.
Ella was awarded the `Presidential Medal of Freedom` by President George H. W. Bush.
Ella is entombed at Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California - Sunset Memorial Garden Mausoleum, Second Floor, Sanctuary of the Bells, Crypt 1063.
Ella had a heart attack in August 1986, followed by a 5 way bypass operation.
Ella was awarded the `National Medal of Art` by President Ronald Regan.
Ella made her singing debut at age 17 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.
Her adopted son, Ray Brown Jr., was in fact her nephew.
Ella was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1995.
Ella: Oh, I have gobs and gobs of ideas, but... well, you dream things like that, and that's what these are, you know... my day dreams.
Ella: Coming through the years, and finding that I not only have just the fans of my day, but the young ones of today... that's what it means, it means it was worth all of it.
Ella: I guess what everyone wants more than anything else is to be loved. And to know that you loved me for my singing is too much for me. Forgive me if I don't have all the words. Maybe I can sing it and you'll understand.
Ella: I know I'm no glamour girl, and it's not easy for me to get up in front of a crowd of people. It used to bother me a lot, but now I've got it figured out that God gave me this talent to use, so I just stand there and sing.
Ella: A lot of singers think all they have to do is exercise their tonsils to get ahead. They refuse to look for new ideas and new outlets, so they fall by the wayside... I'm going to try to find out the new ideas before the others do.
Ella: Some kids in Italy call me `Mama Jazz`, I thought that was so cute. As long as they don't call me `Grandma Jazz`.
Ella: I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns.
Ella: Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
Ella: It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts.
Ella: I sing like I feel.
Ella: The only thing better than singing is more singing.