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Black Women of Hollywood (1st row from left: Diahann Carroll, Hattie McDaniel, Lena Horne. 2nd row Ruby Dee, Ethel Waters, Dorothy Dandridge. 3rd row: Pam Grier, Eartha Kitt, & Cicely Tyson)

Black Women of Hollywood row from left: Diahann Carroll, Hattie McDaniel…

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The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a .

The legendary Ethel Waters was already a superstar, famous as a Vaudeville and Broadway actress and as a blues singer by the 1950s. With decades behind her in the extent of her fame, in the fifties, Waters adopted the on-screen persona of the matron and saint-a huge contrast from the reputation she had earned as a sultry and seductive Black Venus during the 1920s.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications - Encyclopedia of Television - Waters, Ethel

Ethel Waters was the first black Superstar...an innovator who opened all the theatrical doors hitherto closed to black performers of her day, to attain the towering position she reached as a headliner. She fought hard and long to achieve solo star status in the white world of vaudeville, night clubs, Broadway theater, radio, films and television

Waters was an American jazz, blues, actress and gospel vocalists. She was the second African-American woman after Hattie McDaniel, to be.

African American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress, Ethel Waters. She performed jazz, big band and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concert

Ethel Waters (here circa was born on this day 115 years ago in Donald Bogle’s biography of Waters, “Heatwave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters” is the first pick for Vintage Black.

Cabin In the Sky, starring Ethel Waters, Eddie Rochester Anderson and Lena Horne.

The film version of Cabin in the Sky starred Ethel Waters as Petunia and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson of Jack Benny fame as Little Joe. Lena Horne co-starred as the temptress Georgia Brown in her first and only leading role in an MGM musical.

Dorothy Dandridge | Black Hollywood Series by Black History Album, via Flickr

Dorothy Dandridge – American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.

Rufus Jones for President is a 1933 satirical musical-comedy short subject directed by Roy Mack, starring Ethel Waters and Sammy Davis, Jr. in his first onscreen appearance. Despite its tone that appears to today's audience as racist, it is still considered an important musical short.

Rufus Jones for President is a satirical musical-comedy short subject directed by Roy Mack, and starring Ethel Waters. The film also stars Sammy Davis, Jr.

Ethel Waters

The lesbian blues singers of 1920s Harlem: How speakeasies and underground jazz bars became a home-from-home for New York's 'sexual deviants'

Tales of Manhattan  * Charles Boyer  * Rita Hayworth  * Ginger Rogers  * Henry Fonda  * Charles Laughton  * Edward G. Robinson  * Ethel Waters  * Paul Robeson  * W. C. Fields

When actors were STARS - Tales of Manhattan * Charles Boyer * Rita Hayworth * Ginger Rogers * Henry Fonda * Charles Laughton * Edward G. Robinson * Ethel Waters * Paul Robeson * W.

Rufus Jones for President (1933) starring Ethel Waters & 7 year old Sammy Davis

Rufus Jones for President starring Ethel Waters & 7 year old Sammy Davis

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