The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Donald Bogle discusses singer and actress Ethel Waters, and sheds a new light on her tumultuous seven-decade career, which began in Black vaudeville and reached its pinnacle in the nightclubs of 1920s Harlem. Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters traces her rise in show business, singing the hit songs "Am I Blue?," "Stormy Weather," and "Heat Wave"; her success as an actress, her feuds with famous women, and her tangled relationships with famous men.


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Comments [4]

Edwina Young from California

I am looking for information concerning Ethel Water's Calico television program. My grandfather, Louia Vaughn Jones was a conductor on her show. I want to know when this occured.

Jun. 18 2013 04:41 PM
Arthur Diggs

Ethel Waters was one of the most amazingly gifted singer,actresses in the history of entertainment. She left her influence on every other singer black or white who came after and opened the doors to vaudeville,recordings Broadway and movies.She was the first Black Superstar and her voice is a miracle of honeyed smoothness,dramatic interpretation and clear diction unmatched genius!

Jun. 13 2011 07:26 PM
stuart from manhattan

Please ask Mr Bogle to discuss Ms Waters' role on the Beulah tv show, which I remember from reruns which aired in the early 1960s...

Feb. 16 2011 12:20 PM
Mike from Tribeca

I heartily recommend Mr. Bogle's previous book, "Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood," from 2005. Though a tad too gossipy for my taste, it's a terrific resource not only for info about many unsung Black artists during Hollywood's golden age, but perhaps more importantly paints a vivid picture of the Black community in Los Angeles at that time and how integration changed that community forever.

Feb. 16 2011 12:07 PM

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