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Ethel Waters

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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 ...


"...a few words in praise of Ethel Waters, the gleaming tower of dusky regality, who knows how to make a song stand on tip-toe. Miss Waters can sing...with enormous lurking vitality; but she can also wear decorative as well as magnetic." --from a NEW YORK TIMES review by Brooks Atkinson.

"Where I come from, people don't get close enough to money to keep a working acquaintance with it." --Ethel Waters, quoted in her TIME magazine epitaph.

"I sang them [the blues] out of the depths of the private fire in which I was brought up. Only those who are being burned know what fire is like." --Ethel Waters (quoted in the NEW YORK TIMES obituary, September 2, 1977)

She served during WWII with the Seventh Women's Ambulance Corps.

Waters Was honorary captain of the California State Militia during WWII.

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