Worked as a chambermaid in a small Philadelphia hotel earning $4.75 a week
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
Made vaudeville debut at the Lincoln Theater in Baltimore, Maryland, with the Hill Sisters
Began recording for the Black Swan record label
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
Made Broadway debut in Donald Heywood's all-black musical revue, "Africana" and legitimate vaudeville debut at the Palace Theater
Screen debut in Warner Brothers technicolor feature "On With the Show"
Appeared in Lew Leslie production of "Blackbirds of 1930" on Broadway, singing songs of Eubie Blake
Starred in "Rhapsody in Black" on Broadway
Introduced "Stormy Weather" at the Cotton Club
Appeared in "As Thousands Cheer"--the first time a black performer had appeared in a white cast
Filmed Vitaphone short, "Rufus Jones for President" in Brooklyn
Appeared in all-star cast of "At Home Abroad", with Beatrice Lillie, Eleanor Powell and Eddie Foy, Jr.
Gave concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Roxy and the Palace
Won great acclaim on Broadway in her first dramatic role in "Mamba's Daughters"
Starred in musical fantasy "Cabin in the Sky" on Broadway
Returned to Hollywood and appeared in Fox's "Tales of Manhattan"
Recreated her "Cabin in the Sky" triumph in Vincente Minnelli's directorial debut
Guest-starred in film, "Stage Door Canteen"
Did memorable supporting work in "Pinky", for which she was nominated for an Oscar
Returned to Broadway for "The Member of the Wedding"
Starred as the title character in the TV comedy, "Beluah"
Published best-selling autobiography
Repeated her role in film version of "The Member of the Wedding"
Did one-woman Broadway show, "At Home with Ethel Waters"
Appeared on "Break the $250,000 Bank" television quiz show, seeking money to pay her back taxes
Accepted invitation to sing at Billy Graham crusade at Madison Square Garden; began regular participation in Graham's "crusades"
Revived "The Member of the Wedding" in Berlin, under the auspices of the United States State Department
Revived one-woman Broadway show as "An Evening With Ethel Waters"
Made final theatrical film, "The Sound and the Fury"
Honored at testimonial dinner in Los Angeles
Wrote second autobiography, "To Me, It's Wonderful"