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Waters, Ethel 1896-1977

Works: 882 works in 1,451 publications in 4 languages and 18,485 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Drama  Musical films  Documentary films  Music  Romance films  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Performer, Actor, Singer, Author, Composer, Lyricist, Originator, Conductor, Costume designer
Classifications: ML420.W24, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Ethel Waters
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Cabin in the sky by Vernon Duke( Visual )

26 editions published between 1942 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Petunia Jackson, a poor but devout woman, is burdened with a shiftless husband called Little Joe. When Little Joe is seriously wounded in a fight and seems about to die, the forces of heaven and hell begin a battle for his soul
Pinky by Elia Kazan( Visual )

21 editions published between 1949 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A racially mixed woman working as a nurse in Boston finds she can pass as White, but leaves her fiance afraid that her true heritage will be discovered. Back at home in Mississippi, she is named heiress of an estate that her family has worked for, touching off a heated situation among the locals amidst a trial
Ken Burns jazz : the story of America's music by Ken Burns( Recording )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music from the PBS special Jazz, by filmmaker Ken Burns
The ladies sing the blues by View Video( Visual )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historic filmed performances of women blues singers from 1929 through the 1950s. Singers are Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Billie Holiday, Ida Cole, Sister Rosetta Tharp, Connee Boswell, Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn, Helen Humes and Peggy Lee. Includes background information on the singers as well as the performances
The vintage Berlin by Irving Berlin( Recording )

3 editions published between 1977 and 2003 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhapsodies in black : music and words from the Harlem Renaissance( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The only collection in existence documenting the music, art and literature of the new negro of the Harlem Renaissance featuring digitally restored original recordings as well as new readings of renaissance literature plus a book containing rare previously unpublished photos, artwork and writings."
Stormy weather by Andrew L Stone( Visual )

7 editions published between 1943 and 2000 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dancing great Bill Williamson takes a look back on the beginnings of his career and his romance with fellow rising star Selina. Their romance is brief because Selina does not want to settle down. The movie includes an all-star show hosted by Cab Calloway
Cabin in the sky : original motion picture soundtrack by Vernon Duke( )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The member of the wedding by Prod Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation( Visual )

9 editions published between 1953 and 2016 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feeling rejected when she's not allowed to accompany her brother on his honeymoon, a 12-year-old tomboy decides to run away from home
Wild women don't have the blues( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through historic performances and recordings, captures the spirit of such pioneering blueswomen as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and others
Cole Porter by Cole Porter( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orchestral arrangements of songs and medleys from Cole Porter hit Broadway and Hollywood musicals
Tales of Manhattan by Julien Duvivier( Visual )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tail coat is given to Father Joe, a dedicated helper of Bowery bums. Joe receives a letter for Avery L. Browne, a downtrodden fellow whom Joe knows as Larry. Joe takes the letter to Larry, and it is revealed to be an invitation to the twenty-fifth anniversary reunion of his law class. Larry, drunken and dirty as usual, refuses to attend, but Joe cleans him up, dresses him in the tail coat and sends him to the Waldorf-Astoria for the dinner. As Larry greets his old comrades, including his English teacher, Professor Lyons, he becomes more like his former, jovial self. He tells his friends that he was away on an important job in China and enjoys himself until the arrival of Williams, his ex-partner in their Chicago law firm. During the evening, Henderson, one of the attendees, believes that his wallet has been stolen, and when Larry, who is wearing a dickey and a cheap shirt, refuses to take his coat off and be searched, Williams accuses him of the crime. Williams stages a mock trial to prove that due to his low character, Larry must be guilty. Larry pleads his case, telling how he fought in World War I, married a lovely girl and entered partnership with Williams. During Prohibition, Larry had a successful practice protecting clients of doubtful occupations, but afterward, his practice fell apart and he was disbarred, probably through Williams' machinations. After losing his wife, Larry became a drifter and has wandered the streets of New York for the past six years. Finally removing his coat, Larry offers to be searched, then leaves when none of his friends speak. Henderson's chauffeur then enters and produces his wallet, which was left in the car. Completely dispirited, Larry gets drunk and returns to Joe's mission the following morning. Also arriving, however, are Larry's friends, Soupy Davis, Hank Bronson and Judge Barnes, who have come to offer him a job. Joe promises that he will send Larry right away, then tells his wife to sell the coat to the Santelli Brothers, a pair of second-hand clothes dealers
Ethel Waters on stage and screen : (1925-1940) by Ethel Waters( Recording )

8 editions published between 1967 and 1989 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stanley Kramer film collection( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collections contains the movies, Guess who's coming to dinner, Member of the wedding, Ship of fools, Wild one, 5,000 fingers of Dr. T
At home abroad by Arthur Schwartz( Recording )

7 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His eye is on the sparrow by Ethel Waters( Book )

33 editions published between 1951 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethel Waters's His Eye is on the Sparrow stands as perhaps the greatest autobiography of a black female performer, capturing both the horror and the joy of the African American woman's experience through the often bitter yet always forgiving voice of an indomitable spirit
That's entertainment by Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A celebration of show-stopping music, dance and comedy with a cast of superstars
Cabin in the sky : New York revival cast recording by Vernon Duke( Recording )

18 editions published between 1979 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blues masters : the essential history of the blues( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rare performances and historical footage tracing the development of American blues music
A Tribute to Ethel Waters by Diahann Carroll( Recording )

4 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Cabin in the sky
Alternative Names
Etel Voters

Ethel Waters actrice américaine

Ethel Waters actriz estadounidense

Ethel Waters Amerikaans actrice (1896-1977)

Ethel Waters amerikansk skådespelare, musiker och sångare

Ethel Waters amerikansk skodespelar, musikar og songar

Ethel Waters amerikansk skuespiller, musiker og sanger

Ethel Waters amerykańska wokalistka bluesowa i jazzowa, aktorka

Ethel Waters attrice statunitense

Ethel Waters US-amerikanische Schauspielerin und Sängerin

Howard, Ethel 1896-1977

Waters, Ethel 1900-1977

Етел Вотерс

Уотерс, Этель

אתל ווטרס שחקנית אמריקאית

اتل واترز بازیگر، موسیقی‌دان، و خواننده آمریکایی


English (215)

French (3)

German (2)

Spanish (1)

PinkyStormy weatherHis eye is on the sparrowHeat wave : the life and career of Ethel WatersEthel Waters : Stormy weatherWomen of our time : an album of twentieth-century photographsRenaissance women : five plays