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Also Known As: Died: September 1, 1977
Born: October 31, 1896 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Worked as a chambermaid in a small Philadelphia hotel earning $4.75 a week
1911:
Given first chance to sing on an amateur night at a Philadelphia club on her 15th birthday; was hired on the spot and billed as "Sweet Mama Stringbean
1917:
Made vaudeville debut at the Lincoln Theater in Baltimore, Maryland, with the Hill Sisters
1921:
Began recording for the Black Swan record label
1925:
Replaced Florence Mills as the stellar attraction at Sam Salvin's Plantation Club in Harlem, where she introduced "Dinah", which she recorded for Columbia Records
1927:
Made Broadway debut in Donald Heywood's all-black musical revue, "Africana" and legitimate vaudeville debut at the Palace Theater
1929:
Screen debut in Warner Brothers technicolor feature "On With the Show"
1930:
Appeared in Lew Leslie production of "Blackbirds of 1930" on Broadway, singing songs of Eubie Blake
1931:
Starred in "Rhapsody in Black" on Broadway
1933:
Introduced "Stormy Weather" at the Cotton Club
1933:
Appeared in "As Thousands Cheer"--the first time a black performer had appeared in a white cast
1933:
Filmed Vitaphone short, "Rufus Jones for President" in Brooklyn
1935:
Appeared in all-star cast of "At Home Abroad", with Beatrice Lillie, Eleanor Powell and Eddie Foy, Jr.
1938:
Gave concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Roxy and the Palace
1939:
Won great acclaim on Broadway in her first dramatic role in "Mamba's Daughters"
1940:
Starred in musical fantasy "Cabin in the Sky" on Broadway
1942:
Returned to Hollywood and appeared in Fox's "Tales of Manhattan"
1943:
Recreated her "Cabin in the Sky" triumph in Vincente Minnelli's directorial debut
1943:
Guest-starred in film, "Stage Door Canteen"
1949:
Did memorable supporting work in "Pinky", for which she was nominated for an Oscar
1950:
Returned to Broadway for "The Member of the Wedding"
1950:
Starred as the title character in the TV comedy, "Beluah"
1951:
Published best-selling autobiography
1952:
Repeated her role in film version of "The Member of the Wedding"
1953:
Did one-woman Broadway show, "At Home with Ethel Waters"
1956:
Appeared on "Break the $250,000 Bank" television quiz show, seeking money to pay her back taxes
1957:
Accepted invitation to sing at Billy Graham crusade at Madison Square Garden; began regular participation in Graham's "crusades"
1957:
Revived "The Member of the Wedding" in Berlin, under the auspices of the United States State Department
1959:
Revived one-woman Broadway show as "An Evening With Ethel Waters"
1959:
Made final theatrical film, "The Sound and the Fury"
1971:
Honored at testimonial dinner in Los Angeles
1972:
Wrote second autobiography, "To Me, It's Wonderful"

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