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Ethel Waters
Birth: Oct. 31, 1896
Chester
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 1977
Chatsworth
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Jazz Singer, Actress. She was born in Chester Pennsylvania the daughter of a twelve year old rape victim. Her childhood was anything but stable often being bounced from relative to relative and living in impoverished conditions. She overcome her tragic childhood by performing with traveling vaudeville shows. Her break came in 1919 when she made her debut at one of the famous New York City Harlem night clubs. Her soulful jazz style created a large fan base and in 1921 she released her first recording on Cardinal Records. By the mid 1920’s she had evolved into more of a pop singer and her career expanded as she appeared in musical revues and movies. In the late 1930’s she was recognized as one of America’s brighest Broadway stars. Some of her musical hits included “St. Louis Blues,” “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Stormy Weather.” In 1949 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film “Pinky.” The next year she won the “New York Drama Critics Award” for best actress. She was a fan of gospel music and from 1957 until her death, she sang regularly for the Billy Graham Crusades. In 1984 she was posthomously inducted into the “Gospel Music Hall of Fame." (bio by: Bigwoo) 

Cause of death: Heart disease
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Ascension Garden, Lot 7152
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 2160
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Ms. Waters, I met you at a Billy Graham Crusade in Boston. You were a great artist and more importantly, you blessed the multitudes with your witness for Christ and your unique style of singing.
- Dr. R. Gary Heikkila
 Added: Nov. 26, 2014
Blessed with so many talents -- you will always be remembered, Ms. Waters. Thank you.
- SW
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
With respect & blessings on your birthday.
- I, on the sparrow
 Added: Oct. 31, 2014
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