American child prodigy Philippa Schuyler.
Born on August 2, 1931 to a black essayist/journalist (George Schuyler) and a white heiress (Josephine Cogdell).
Philippa began writing compositions at the age of five and was one of the world’s most widely recognized pianists during the 1930s and 1940s.
Philippa abandoned the piano in her thirties and became a journalist like her father. In 1967, she traveled to Vietnam as a war correspondent and during a helicopter mission there, the plane crashed into the sea. Philippa survived the crash, but sadly, her inability to swim caused her to drown.
Philippa was 35 years old when she passed away—and sadly, her mother committed suicide on the second anniversary of her death.
((Photo from: Blogspot//On An Overgrown Path))