Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters

Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 1 Sep 1977 (aged 80)
Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Ascension Garden, Lot 7152
Memorial ID 2160 · View Source
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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."

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