Second Black Actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. Known for being a great Blues singer. Ethel Waters iconic role came when in the movie "Pinky" as a grandmother of black woman who passes for white.
The film version of Cabin in the Sky starred Ethel Waters as Petunia and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson of Jack Benny fame as Little Joe. Lena Horne co-starred as the temptress Georgia Brown in her first and only leading role in an MGM musical.
[Pic: Ethel Waters] There’s a brilliant quote that winds up the trailer for the new film about Bessie Smith's life starring Queen Latifah, “The blues is not about people knowing you, it’s about you knowing people”.