She had just barely started singing her first number that night in Boston in 1943 when the audience of 3,500 soldiers and other servicemen rose to give her a standing ovation. Her mere appearance on that stage was all it took. She weighed only 85 pounds and was lugging around a 35-pound cast. The audience couldn’t tell it, but the entire production had been designed to get her on and off the stage without revealing she could neither walk, stand, nor use her right arm properly. She should have been dead. But luck helped her live. Courage would make her life an inspiration. Her name was Jane Froman.
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