Early years: New York City & Washington, DC

Rita Loving was born in New York City (Manhattan). She lived there until 13 years of age

Rita with one of her earliest pets Rita, the ballerina

She then moved to Washington D. C. where at the age of 14, had her own radio program, singing and accompanying herself on the piano with a baritone. She participated in the musical life of Washington, winning several local contests and appearing on TV in Washington and New York City.

ASIDE: Rita & Judith

At the piano

As a teen-ager, she accompanied professional singers in several Washington D.C. voice studios.

An early portrait Early Publicity Photo

At ages 15 she debuted as a piano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra under Howard Mitchell, and performed again as soloist with the orchestra the following year.

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