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Ethel Waters Overview:

Legendary actress, Ethel Waters, was born on Oct 31, 1896 in Chester, PA. Waters died at the age of 80 on Sep 1, 1977 in Chatsworth, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Waters was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1949Best Supporting ActressPinky (1949)GrannyNominated
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Ethel Waters Quotes:

John Henry: Mean old bossy Frankie!
Berenice Sadie Brown: Just what is she doing that's so mean? Just trying to get some rest.


Petunia Jackson: [after she runs Jim Henry and his crony off] Oh, Lord! Please forgive me for backsliding, but sometimes when you fight the Devil you've got to jab him with his own pitchfork!


John Henry: Berenice, which eye's your mind's eye?
Berenice Sadie Brown: Don't yank my head back like that, Candy. Frankie and I aren't going to go flying through the ceiling.


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Ethel Waters Facts
Often appeared on the various radio & TV shows of New York City media couple "Tex & Jinx" (John Reagan 'Tex' McCrary & Eugenia 'Jinx' Lincoln Falkenberg). Waters appeared as a regular on the Tex & Jinx TV Show over WNBT in NYC starting January 29, 1954.

Waters was honored on a U.S. Postal Service stamp issued September 1, 1994 as part of the Legends of American Music series. Her stamp was issued at a ceremony at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, along with stamps honoring Nat 'King' Cole, Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Ethel Merman. A west coast ceremony was held by the U.S. Postal Service at Compton Community College in Compton, CA the next day. The city of Compton declared September 2, 1994 'Nat King Cole/Ethel Waters Day' for the occasion.

Singer Crystal Waters is her great-niece.

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