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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 .

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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:

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


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
Ethel was born to a 12-year-old mother, Louise Anderson, who had been raped at knife point by a man named John Waters. Although she was raised by her maternal grandmother, Sally Anderson, she took her father's surname.

Married three times; had no children.

Waters has had three of her recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame: "Dinah" (Columbia Records, 1925) in 1998; "Stormy Weather" (Brunswick Records, 1933) in 2003; and "Am I Blue?" (Columbia Records, 1929) in 2007. Her "Stormy Weather" recording was also inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2004.

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