Friday, August 6, 2010

In History: Ethel Waters

This is the 37th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.


Ethel Waters was a jazz and blues vocalist and an actress. She became the fifth black woman to make a record, in 1921. In 1949, she was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress in the film "Pinky." She was the second black person to be nominated for an Oscar (the first: Hattie McDaniel, who won for her supporting performance in Gone with the Wind). She is referred to as the first black superstar. She had a life; read more about her here, here and here, and you can learn about efforts to get her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame here.

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