Although she was arguably the most influential female blues and jazz singer of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as a major Black figure in 20th century theatre, cinema, radio, and television, she is now the least remembered. In Ethel Waters: Stormy Weather, Stephen Bourne documents the career of this monumental figure in American popular culture, offering new insights into the work of this forgotten legend. Supplemented by fourteen photographs, this biography leaves little doubt as to why-for decades-no other Black star was held in such high regard.
Stephen Bourne is a regular contributor to Black Filmmaker magazine and has been interviewed in several documentaries, including Black Divas (1996) and Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999). He is the author of Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television (2001) and Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music (Scarecrow, 2005).
Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Chapter 1 I Never Was a Child Part 4 Chapter 2 On with the Show! Part 5 Chapter 3 Paris, London, and Being in the Life Part 6 Chapter 4 The Cotton Club and "Stormy Weather" Part 7 Chapter 5 Back on Broadway Part 8 Chapter 6 Cabin in the Sky Part 9 Chapter 7 Hollywood Part 10 Chapter 8 Pinky Part 11 Chapter 9 A Natural Phenomenon like Niagara Falls Part 12 Chapter 10 Ethel on the Etherwaves Part 13 Chapter 11 Homeward Bound Part 14 Appendix A Ethel Waters's Credits Part 15 Appendix B Transcript of BBC Radio 4'sWoman's Hour Interview Part 16 Appendix C Testimonials Part 17 Bibliography Part 18 Index Part 19 About the Author