Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977

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Ethel Waters (born October 31, 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania–d. September 1, 1977, Chatsworth, California) was a musician and actress. She got her start in the 1920s in Baltimore, Maryland and also toured on the black vaudeville circuit. She began her singing career in Atlanta and then Harlem in the 1920s. She starred in many films and was the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. She was the first African-American to star on her own television show and the first African-American woman to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
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referencedIn The Depression Years United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Papers, (inclusive), (bulk), 1865-1998, 1905-1975 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Dolbin, Benedikt F. Caricatures of performing artists, 1938-1965 and n.d. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Ravetch, Irving. The sound and the fury : screenplay, 1957 Feb. 27 / by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr. ; from the novel by William Faulkner. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn The J. Rosamond Johnson Papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Karamu House. Karamu House records, 1914-1979. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
referencedIn Sturkey, Don. Don Sturkey photographic materials, 1951-1989. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn African Americans in the Performing Arts Ephemera Collection, 1925-1945 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Souvenir programs of ballet, dance, and theatrical productions, ca. 1924-1998. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
creatorOf Hunter, Alberta. Alberta Hunter papers, 1919-1986. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Leavell, Rozell. The Ethel Waters story : a screenplay / by Rozell Leavell. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center
referencedIn Reynolds Price Papers, bulk, 1927-2010 and undated, 1956-2006 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Portraits of black jazz musicians inscribed to Ruth King Bordner, ca. 1928-1940. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn ETHEL WATERS United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Audio tapes of BGEA, 1949-[ongoing]. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn COMMAND PERFORMANCE--U.S.A. No. 34 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn John Ehle Papers, 1918-1993 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. World Wide Pictures, Inc. Records of BGEA's World Wide Pictures, 1951-[ongoing] Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Clipping file of the BGEA, 1932-2003, (bulk 1948-2003). Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. The John Rosamond Johnson papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Negro Activities in Industry, Government, and the Armed Forces, 1941 - 1945 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Photographs of motion pictures and television programs, 1915-1999. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Boyle, Sarah-Patton, 1906-. Papers of Sarah-Patton Boyle 1938-1988 (bulk 1944-1975). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Alberta Hunter papers, 1919-1986 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn CAVALCADE OF AMERICA: SIXTEEN STICKS IN A BUNDLE, STARRING ETHEL WATERS United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Photographs, 1919 - 1976 Dwight D Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Army. 1903 - 2007. Army Hour-Mutual Network Audio Recordings. 1953 - 1954. THE ARMY HOUR
referencedIn Souvenir programs for theatrical productions, 1906-2005. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. The J. Rosamond Johnson papers, 1879-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Blinco, Joe. Papers of Joseph D. Blinco, (1959-1967) Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Leo Reisman collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1932-1948 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Will Rapport papers, 1931-1964. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Negro Actors Guild of America records, 1904-1982, 1937-1982 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
referencedIn Gill, Glenda Eloise. Glenda Gill collection. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Bracco, Francis Paul. Paramount Theatre stage manager's records, 1936-1956. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Vice President (1950- : Cliff Barrows). BGEA: Papers of Cliff Barrows, 1945-2000. Billy Graham Center Archives, BGC Archives
referencedIn Sidney Easton papers, 1913-1980 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Theatre Arts Monthly, collection of portraits, ca., ca., 1924-1939 (bulk), 1916-1964 (inclusive). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Negro Actors Guild of America, Inc. Negro Actors Guild of America records, 1904-1982, 1937-1982 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Reitz, Rosetta, 1924-2008. Rosetta Reitz papers, 1929-2008. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Paramount Theatre stage manager's records, 1936-1956 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. Papers, 1865-1998 (inclusive), 1905-1975 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Easton, Sidney. Sidney Easton papers, 1913-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Vice President (1950- : Cliff Barrows) corporateBody
associatedWith Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. World Wide Pictures, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Blinco, Joe. person
associatedWith Boyle, Sarah-Patton, 1906- person
associatedWith Bracco, Francis Paul person
associatedWith Bracco, Francis Paul. person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Dolbin, Benedikt F. person
associatedWith Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1977. person
associatedWith Easton, Sidney person
associatedWith Easton, Sidney. person
associatedWith Ehle, John, 1925- person
associatedWith Gill, Glenda Eloise. person
associatedWith Hunter, Alberta person
associatedWith Hunter, Alberta. person
associatedWith Johnson, J. Rosamond (John Rosamond), 1873-1954. person
associatedWith Karamu House. corporateBody
associatedWith Leavell, Rozell. person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith Negro Actors Guild of America, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011 person
associatedWith Rapport, Will. person
associatedWith Ravetch, Irving. person
associatedWith Reisman, Leo, 1897-1961 person
associatedWith Reitz, Rosetta, 1924-2008. person
associatedWith SHIRLEY GRAHAM DU BOIS, 1896-1977 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Sturkey, Don. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Chatsworth CA US
Chester PA US
Subject
Singing
Occupation
Singers
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Birth 1896-10-31

Death 1977-09-01

Americans

English

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