1939: First African American to star in her own television program: Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.

1939: First African American to star in her own television program: Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.

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Ethel Waters: selected recordings, 1921-1934

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) born in Pennsylvania. She is a most talented vocalist in blues, jazz,& gospel; recorded many records. Performed on stage & concerts. Acted in many films and briefly on the Beulah TV

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) born in Pennsylvania. She is a most talented vocalist in blues, jazz,& gospel; recorded many records. Performed on stage & concerts. Acted in many films and briefly on the Beulah TV

Ethel Waters..."I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk."  [Probably one of my favorite statements of all time and one that I carry with me always.]

Ethel Waters..."I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk." [Probably one of my favorite statements of all time and one that I carry with me always.]

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

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

The great Harlem Renaissance actress and singer Ethel Waters as photographed by Harlem Renaissance author & historian Carl Van Vechten in 1932. Copyright Van Vechten Trust/Eakins Press Foundation  http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/feb/19/carl-van-vechten-harlem-photographs/?insrc=wbll

The great Harlem Renaissance actress and singer Ethel Waters as photographed by Harlem Renaissance author & historian Carl Van Vechten in 1932. Copyright Van Vechten Trust/Eakins Press Foundation http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/feb/19/carl-van-vechten-harlem-photographs/?insrc=wbll

Ethel Waters, Singer & Actress - Famous Pennsylvanians - Born October 31, 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania

Ethel Waters, Singer & Actress - Famous Pennsylvanians - Born October 31, 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel  vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues.    Her best-known recordings includes, "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Her best-known recordings includes, "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Ethel Waters was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s. She moved to New York in 1919 after touring in vaudeville shows as a singer and a dancer.

Ethel Waters was one of the most popular African-American singers and actresses of the 1920s. She moved to New York in 1919 after touring in vaudeville shows as a singer and a dancer.

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