Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia
Alafair's parents ran a popular bakery and soda fountain on River Street in Savannah. In addition to the bakery, Allie's father was a mechanic, able to repair, rebuild, and build small engines. He had no problems with passing on his knowledge to his only daughter. Although they were not rich, they gave their daughter a good upbringing and saw she was well-educated. When Ala graduated high school, she had a hard decision to make. She had an amazing singing voice and loved singing, but more than that, she desired to help people. Initially, Alafair settled on studying music and was able to use her earnings from the bakery to take private voice lessons. Her smoky contralto was perfectly suited to the music of the era and the region where she lived. She began getting gigs in local clubs and was starting to get noticed by those that mattered.
The deaths of her parents from yellow fever changed her life's course. After selling the bakery, Alafair used the money to attend nursing school. After completing her education and training, Ala joined the United States Army Nurse Corps. Just before World War I, she was stationed in England, where she met Samuel Winstead, a young British officer. They were married after a whirlwind romance. Unfortunately, Samuel was killed early in 1917.
Emotionally scarred by the events she dealt with, Alafair decided to leave nursing at the end of World War I. She also took back her maiden name and left Savannah to settle in Miami, where she felt she would have more opportunities as a nightclub singer.
Alafair is the headliner at Club Lorelei aboard the SS Chanteuse, the MacLeod brothers' dinner club. She can also be counted on to patch up injuries and not ask questions - or report them to the cops.
Romantic Status: Single (widow)
Late Husband: Samuel Winstead (British, d. 1918)
- Father: Michael Corbin
- Mother: Mary Corbin
Alafair considers her best feature to be her eyes. They are large, slightly slanted and hazel-brown in color. They have tiny gold flecks in the iris. In some light, they appear more golden than brown. Her hair also has natural gold and red highlights.
Singing voice: Allie has a beautiful, rich contralto. She still sees a voice coach on Mondays when the ship is docked and Club Lorelei is closed. It is smooth and clear (think later Annie Lennox). The songs that she includes in her sets for the club range from the current most popular to folk songs (pre-cursers to today's country music.).
Allie's father was a skilled mechanic and took the time to pass on his knowledge to her even though she was a girl. She also learned to use what he taught her to help keep things like generators operational during the war since the army hospitals did not always have a mechanic handy. Taking care of and maintaining her own car keeps her in practice. It's also less expensive than hiring a mechanic.