1939: First African American to star in her own television program: Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.

1939: First African American to star in her own television program: Ethel Waters, The Ethel Waters Show, on NBC.

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Ethel Waters was a blues, jazz, gospel vocalist and actress. Married at the age of 13. She was the first black woman in an otherwise white Broadway show. The first Black woman with the lead role in a TV series in 1950. She was the second African American nominated for an Oscar and later in life toured with Billy Graham on his crusades.

Ethel Waters was a blues, jazz, gospel vocalist and actress. Married at the age of 13. She was the first black woman in an otherwise white Broadway show. The first Black woman with the lead role in a TV series in 1950. She was the second African American nominated for an Oscar and later in life toured with Billy Graham on his crusades.

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I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk. •  Actress & vocalist Ethel Waters (1896-1977)

I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk. • Actress & vocalist Ethel Waters (1896-1977)

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Ethel Waters, Singer & Actress - Famous Pennsylvanians - Born October 31, 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania

Ethel Waters, Singer & Actress - Famous Pennsylvanians - Born October 31, 1896, Chester, Pennsylvania

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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.

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.

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) born in Pennsylvania. She is a most talented vocalist in blues, jazz,& gospel; recorded many records. Performed on stage & concerts. Acted in many films and briefly on the Beulah TV

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) born in Pennsylvania. She is a most talented vocalist in blues, jazz,& gospel; recorded many records. Performed on stage & concerts. Acted in many films and briefly on the Beulah TV

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Ethel Waters..."I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk." [Probably one of my favorite statements of all time and one that I carry with me always.]

Ethel Waters..."I know I'm somebody 'cause God don't make no junk." [Probably one of my favorite statements of all time and one that I carry with me always.]

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