Thelma Carpenter (January 15, 1922 – May 14, 1997) was a jazz singer and actress who is best know for her portrayal as Miss One in the 1978 film version of The Wiz. As a child entertainer she had her own radio show on WNYC in New York and won an amateur night at the Apollo Theatre in 1938, where she would be honored and perform nearly 60 years later on the 1993 all-star NBC-TV special "Apollo Theater Hall of Fame", hosted by Bill Cosby. Carpenter died of a heart attack in her New York apartment on May 14, 1997. Several days later her body was discovered in the apartment, a fate that had previously befallen her mother and something she always feared. So she had to be cremated.
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