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.
The Beulah Show, the first sitcom to star an African American actress, moved from radio to ABC TV on October 3, 1950, starring Ethel Waters for the first season. Hattie McDaniel, star of radio's Beulah, joined the cast around September of 1951 but only filmed six episodes of the second season before falling ill. She was quickly replaced by Louise Beavers who stayed with the show until its cancellation in 1952.
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 (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 includes, "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", Waters was the second African American, after Hattie McDaniel, to be nominated for an Academy Award.