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"The Three Billy Goats Gruff"
told by Jackie Torrence
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About Jackie Torrence

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Jackie Torrence is quite possibly the best known storyteller in the English language. Jackie shared her stories in small town gatherings as well as with TV viewing audiences of millions. She was featured in major publications, from the Wall Street Journal to Parade Magazine, and on radio and television from the CBS Nightwatch to the David Letterman show. Jackie was included in the acclaimed book I Dream a World by Brian Lanker, a striking photo essay work on African-American women who have made important contributions at a national level that also featured Oprah Winfrey and Alice Walker.

Having learned her art from her grandparents, uncles and aunts, Jackie began telling stories as part of her job in the public library and soon found herself on the road 280 days a year. Jackie overcame a childhood speech impediment to become America's favorite storyteller. She received the Annie Glenn Award in 1987 for her outstanding accomplishments in the world of storytelling and has produced eight award-winning albums, three award-winning television shows and has performed around the world, including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Jackie continued to tell stories as much as possible, even while dealing with serious health issues. She passed away on November 30, 2004 and will be rememberered for her wit, charm and grace and truly as one of the world's greatest storytellers.

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