Alberta Hunter sure sounds like a spunky woman.
Born in Memphis, she left home at age 12 to pursue a singing career in Chicago. And she succeeded. Not only did she become a critically-acclaimed singer, she wrote songs for people like Bessie Smith. Years later, in the 1950's, she left singing, made up a high school diploma, and went to nursing school. She also dated Ethel Waters and was known to prefer women to men.
Here's her from when she was restarting her music career in her 80's, singing "Nobody Knows When You're Down and Out":