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aimee

McPherson, Aimee Semple

orig. Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy

(born Oct. 9, 1890, near Ingersoll, Ont., Can.—died Sept. 27, 1944, Oakland, Calif., U.S.) Canadian-born U.S. Pentecostal evangelist. Born on a farm, she began preaching at age 17, and in 1908 she went as a missionary to China with her husband, Robert Semple. After his death she came to the U.S., where her second marriage, to Harold McPherson, ended in 1918 when she became an itinerant evangelist and healer. She settled in Los Angeles and founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. For nearly 20 years she preached to large audiences at her Angelus Temple; she also built a radio station, wrote books and pamphlets, and established about 200 missions. In 1926 she disappeared mysteriously for five weeks; on her reappearance her tale of kidnapping was greeted with skepticism. A third marriage ended in divorce, and she faced numerous trials for financial irregularities. She died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.

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orig. Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy

(born Oct. 9, 1890, near Ingersoll, Ont., Can.—died Sept. 27, 1944, Oakland, Calif., U.S.) Canadian-born U.S. Pentecostal evangelist. Born on a farm, she began preaching at age 17, and in 1908 she went as a missionary to China with her husband, Robert Semple. After his death she came to the U.S., where her second marriage, to Harold McPherson, ended in 1918 when she became an itinerant evangelist and healer. She settled in Los Angeles and founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. For nearly 20 years she preached to large audiences at her Angelus Temple; she also built a radio station, wrote books and pamphlets, and established about 200 missions. In 1926 she disappeared mysteriously for five weeks; on her reappearance her tale of kidnapping was greeted with skepticism. A third marriage ended in divorce, and she faced numerous trials for financial irregularities. She died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.

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Aimee, or Aimée, is a female given name and a version of Amy. Both names come from Aimée, which means beloved/loved in French (for a female), from Old French amede, from Latin amāta, feminine singular past participle of amāre "to love". The masculine form is Aimé.

People with the surname Aimee

  • Anouk Aimée (born 1932), French film actress
  • Janique Aimée, a fictional character and the eponymous title of a very popular French TV series of the 60s.

People with the given name Aimee

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