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She started her performance career singing in a nightclub in Baltimore, Maryland. She went on to tour with the Braxton and Nugent vaudeville troupe and to record music. She gained notoriety when she performed "St. Louis Blues. Ethel Waters photographed by Alfredo Valente. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Over the course of her life, Waters married men three times. Waters lived with her romantic partner Ethel Williams during the s. Her performances and music garnered a large lesbian and gay following.
She does not appear to have ever spoken publicly about her sexuality. Waters became one of the highest paid actresses on Broadway, independent of her race.
In the show, she sang the notable songs "Heat Wave" and "Suppertime. In her later years, Waters became deeply religious. She toured with evangelist Billy Graham during the s. Lobby card for Cabin in the Sky. Throughout her career, Waters led the way for future African American artists. She was the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. She became the first African American to star in her own television show. She became the first African American woman to be nominated for a primetime Emmy. Through these positions, she supported her fellow actors.
Ethel Waters stamp. National Postal Museum. All rights reserved.
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Entertainment June 12 Ethel Waters found fame and broke barriers as an American blues singer and actress. Credits Ethel Waters stamp.Looking for my ethel
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