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.

Ethel Waters | "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." -Wikipedia

Ethel Waters | "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." -Wikipedia

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)

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

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

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.

Ethel Waters sings Am I Blue from the 1929 motion picture "On With the Show". This was the first sound movie filmed in color-unfortunately, only black and white copies survive. Also co-starring with Waters in this film are Betty Compson, Arthur Lake and Joe E. Brown. In the second half of the clip, Ms.Waters is accompanied by The Four Emperors of Harmony. The song would become her signature.

Ethel Waters sings Am I Blue from the 1929 motion picture "On With the Show". This was the first sound movie filmed in color-unfortunately, only black and white copies survive. Also co-starring with Waters in this film are Betty Compson, Arthur Lake and Joe E. Brown. In the second half of the clip, Ms.Waters is accompanied by The Four Emperors of Harmony. The song would become her signature.

Ethel Waters, 1972 TV Interview - YouTube

Ethel Waters, 1972 TV Interview - YouTube

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