Famous for being one of the first female comedians to find success on the Chitlin' Circuit, Moms Mabley broke ground in more arena's than comedy. Mabley was the first comedian to come out as a lesbian at the age of 27 in 1921. Her style and material were considered too edgy for audiences at the time because she used humor to make comments about racism and homosexuality.
At the height of her career she was pulling in about $10,000 a week when she performed at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater. Towards the end of her life, she began to receive a lot of love from white audiences due to several appearances on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." While white adults still held contempt for her because of her sharp wit, she found a new audience with their children. She continued to act and perform until her death in 1975.