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Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk  2019
Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk 2019


Margie Hendricks in Ray 2004

Kept Woman (Mistress) to Ray Charles

Regina King in Ray 2004
Regina King in Ray 2004

Margie Hendricks (surname sometimes spelled Hendrix) was the lead singer of Ray Charles’s backing group, the Raelets. Ray was a married man then, and Margie became his kept woman (mistress).

The definition of a kept woman from Encyclopedia DotCom

The term “kept” describes a woman or man who receives financial compensation such as living expenses, stipends, and lavish gifts in return for sex. Unlike prostitutes, who are compensated on a temporary basis for performing sexual acts, kept men and women occupy a more permanent place in the lives of their patrons.

That fits the bill when describing Margie’s partnership with Ray.

She would even give birth to Ray’s child, a son. But it was a volatile relationship. Ray had a Heroin addiction, while Margie would hit the bottle. Soon she would become addicted to drugs herself. It all came to a head in 1964 when Margie got fired from the Raelets after an argument with Ray. Despite this setback, Margie plowed ahead, continuing her singing career. Margie died in 1973; some say of a heroin overdose, though there has never been any official confirmation if that was the case.

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