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Latter-day Etta

A surgery in the early 2000s caused Etta to lose a lot of weight; in the past, she says, her periodic skinniness was a result of being on drugs and not her natural weight.

Just Etta James

She is naturally large—always has been.

Etta circa the 1960s

The bleached hair and dark eyebrows have become something of a signature look for her.

Beyoncé as Etta James

Her performance in Cadillac Records is almost as moving as her appearance at Obama’s inaugural celebration.

Fierce old Etta James

That look in her eyes betrays her toughness.

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