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30 December 1951, Midland, Michigan, USA, d. 13 December 1995, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, LaMott sang with a band led by her father but as a teenager was frequently seriously ill and often hospitalized with what was eventually diagnosed as Crohns Disease, a bowel and immune disorder. Sensing that she had potential as a singer, and accompanied by her brother, who played drums for her, at the age of 19 she moved to San Francisco. There, she soon developed a following but illness and the hospitalization this necessitated made progress difficult. Her disease was treated with cortisone and prescription painkillers and this, in time, led inadvertently to addictive and eating disorders but she continued with her singing. Determined to succeed in New York, she soon made a name in the world of sophisticated cabaret but was plagued by illness, consequent surgery, and was dogged by financial problems generated by her high medical bills.