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Ethel Waters is a Actor American born on 31 october 1896 at Chester County (USA)

Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters
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Nationality USA
Birth 31 october 1896 at Chester County (USA)
Death 1 september 1977 (at 80 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress.

She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues.

Her best-known recordings include "Dinah," "Stormy Weather," "Taking a Chance on Love," "Heat Wave," "Supper Time," "Am I Blue?" and "Cabin in the Sky," as well as her version of the spiritual "His Eye Is on the Sparrow." Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award. She is also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award, in 1962.

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Filmography of Ethel Waters (15 films)

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The Sound and the Fury, 1h55
Directed by Martin Ritt
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Yul Brynner, Joanne Woodward, Margaret Leighton, Stuart Whitman, Jack Warden, Françoise Rosay
Roles Dilsey
Rating63% 3.1979853.1979853.1979853.1979853.197985
Quentin Compson is a girl of 17 in the small Mississippi town of Jefferson. She lives with her step-uncle, Jason, who has practically raised Quentin ever since her promiscuous mother, Caddy, abandoned her.
Carib Gold
Carib Gold (1956)
, 1h2
Directed by Harold Young
Origin USA
Actors Ethel Waters, Cicely Tyson, Richard Ward, Geoffrey Holder, Diana Sands
Roles "Mom" Ryan: Ryan's mother, owner of Duffy's bar and restaurant.

The movie starts with Neely, a shrimping boat's skipper, calling in to shore with news of a good catch. Subsequent conversations with Barb, his mate/deckhand and Cap, his boss on shore, reveals that this boat (the Capt. Geech) has snagged and torn several nets recently due to something on the sea floor, despite the charts showing nothing in the area. Cap and Neely decide that despite the financial strain of losing their expensive nets, they can afford one more trip to investigate the source of the snags.
The Member of the Wedding, 1h33
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Arthur Franz, Brandon deWilde, Nancy Gates, William Hansen
Roles Berenice Sadie Brown
Rating69% 3.4947453.4947453.4947453.4947453.494745
Dans une petite ville de Géorgie, la jeune Frankie Addams, véritable garçon manqué de douze ans, est inquiète de se sentir vivre et considérer en marge du monde par sa communauté. Son attitude, ses opinions, ses faits et gestes font d'elle un paria parmi les membres étroits d'esprit de sa communauté. Elle peut toutefois compter sur son seul ami, son voisin John Henry, même si elle fait mine de ne point le considérer comme tel. Son père, veuf, accaparé par la direction sa petite entreprise, laisse Frankie à la garde de Berenice Sadie Brown, la gouvernante, qui est également chargée de soigner son propre frère adoptif, Honey Camden, en qui se résume toute sa famille. Frankie voit en grande partie les conseils de Berenice comme les élucubrations un peu folles d'une femme noire ignorante.
The Member of the Wedding, 1h33
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon deWilde, Arthur Franz, Nancy Gates, William Hansen
Roles Berenice Sadie Brown
Rating69% 3.4947453.4947453.4947453.4947453.494745
Feeling rejected when her older brother goes off on his honeymoon without inviting her along, Frankie (Julie Harris) runs away from her middle-class southern home. She endures several other adolescent traumas, not least of which is the sudden death of her bespectacled young cousin John Henry (Brandon De Wilde). With the help of warmhearted housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown (Ethel Waters), Frankie eventually makes an awkward transition to young womanhood.
Pinky (1949)
, 1h42
Directed by Elia Kazan, John Ford
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about racism
Actors Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, Nina Mae McKinney, William Lundigan, Griff Barnett
Roles Pinky's Granny
Rating71% 3.597383.597383.597383.597383.59738
Pinky Johnson (Jeanne Crain) returns to the South to visit Dicey (Ethel Waters), the illiterate black laundress grandmother who raised her. Pinky confesses to Dicey that she passed for white while studying to be a nurse in the North. She had also fallen in love with white Dr. Thomas Adams (William Lundigan), who knows nothing about her black heritage.
Stage Door Canteen, 2h12
Directed by Frank Borzage
Origin USA
Genres War, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films
Actors Cheryl Walker, Lon McCallister, Tallulah Bankhead, Kenny Baker, Margaret Early, Ralph Bellamy
Roles Herself
Rating65% 3.298263.298263.298263.298263.29826
The storyline of the film follows several women who volunteer for the Canteen and who must adhere to strict rules of conduct, the most important of which is that while their job is to provide friendly companionship to and be dance partners for the (often nervous) men who are soon to be sent into combat, no romantic fraternization is allowed. One volunteer who confesses to only becoming involved in the Canteen in order to be discovered by one of the Hollywood stars in attendance, ultimately finds herself falling in love with one of the soldiers.
Cabin in the Sky, 1h38
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Ethel Waters, Eddie Anderson, Lena Horne, Rex Ingram, Oscar Polk, Mantan Moreland
Roles Petunia Jackson
Rating71% 3.5945653.5945653.5945653.5945653.594565
Little Joe, a man killed over gambling debts, is restored to life by angelic powers and given six months to redeem his soul and become worthy of entering Heaven—otherwise he will be condemned to Hell. Secretly guided by "The General" (the Lord's Angel), Little Joe gives up his shiftless ways and becomes a hardworking, generous, and loving husband to his wife Petunia, whom he had previously neglected. Unfortunately, demon Lucifer Jr. (the son of Satan himself), is determined to drag Little Joe to Hell. Lucifer arranges for Joe to become wealthy by winning a lottery, reintroduces Joe to beautiful gold-digger Georgia Brown, and manipulates marital discord between Joe and Petunia. Little Joe abandons his wife for Georgia, and the two embark on a life of hedonistic pleasure. As Little Joe and Georgia celebrate at a nightclub one evening, Petunia joins them, determined to win Joe back. Little Joe fights with Domino for Petunia and she prays for God to destroy the nightclub. A cyclone appears and leaves the nightclub in ruins, as Joe and Petunia lie dead in the ruins after being shot by Domino. Just as it appears that Joe's soul is lost forever, the angelic General informs him that Georgia was so affected by the tragedy that she has donated all the money that he had given her to the church. On this technicality, Little Joe is allowed to go to Heaven with Petunia. As the two climb the Celestial Stairs, Joe suddenly wakes in his own bed. He had not been killed in the initial gambling-debt fracas—he had only received a concussion, and all his supposed dealings with angels and demons were only a fever dream. Now genuinely reformed, Little Joe begins a new, happy life with his loving Petunia.
Tales of Manhattan, 2h7
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Charles Boyer, Rita Hayworth, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Edward G. Robinson
Roles Esther
Rating73% 3.6930353.6930353.6930353.6930353.693035
Based on the Mexican writer Francisco Rojas González's novel, Historia de un frac ("Story of a Tailcoat"), the stories follow a black formal tailcoat as it goes from owner to owner, in five otherwise unconnected stories.
Cairo (1942)
, 1h41
Directed by W. S. Van Dyke
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Spy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about writers, Spy films, Films about journalists, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films
Actors Jeanette MacDonald, Robert Young, Reginald Owen, Ethel Waters, Lionel Atwill, Grant Mitchell
Roles Cleona Jones, Marcia's Maid
Rating62% 3.148843.148843.148843.148843.14884
Marcia Warren (Jeanette MacDonald), while "between pictures" in London hires an American reporter, Homer Smith (Robert Young) as her butler. What Marcia doesn't know is that Smith is an American newspaperman, who strongly suspects that she is a Nazi spy (the real enemy agent is Mrs. Morrison (Mona Barrie).
Bubbling Over, 20minutes
Directed by Leigh Jason
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Ethel Waters
Roles Ethel Peabody
Rating53% 2.6952152.6952152.6952152.6952152.695215
Samson Peabody is the janitor in an apartment building where he and his wife Ethel live with a large crowd of Samson's freeloading relatives. When more relatives come to stay, Ethel throws them out. A scheming occupant of the building reads Samson's mail and poses as a clairvoyant prediciting the events of the letter; the arrival of Samson's rich Uncle for dinner. However, the Uncle is a penniless lunatic (imagining himself to be The Emperor Jones) and a pickpocket. He steals the chicken of the dinner, several watches of the guests, the clairvoyant's crystal ball and in the final scene, all the clothes of the people in the room.
Rufus Jones for President, 21minutes
Directed by Roy Mack
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Ethel Waters, Sammy Davis Jr.
Roles Mother of Rufus
Rating67% 3.3685053.3685053.3685053.3685053.368505
Rufus Jones, an African American child, is elected president of the USA in this short musical comedy, which features song and dance numbers by a seven-year-old Sammy Davis, Jr.
On with the Show!, 1h43
Directed by Alan Crosland
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Joe E. Brown, Betty Compson, Arthur Lake, Ethel Waters, Louise Fazenda, Sally O'Neil
Roles Ethel
Rating62% 3.1003853.1003853.1003853.1003853.100385
With unpaid actors and staff, the stage show Phantom Sweetheart seems doomed. To complicate matters, the box office takings have been robbed and the leading lady refuses to appear. The cast includes William Bakewell as the head usher eager to get his sweetheart, box-office girl Sally O'Neil, noticed as a leading girl. Betty Compson plays the temperamental star and Arthur Lake the whiny young male lead. Louise Fazenda is the company's eccentric comedienne. Joe E. Brown plays the part of a mean comedian who constantly argues with Arthur Lake.