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Heat wave : the life and career of Ethel Waters

Author: Donald Bogle
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Almost no other star of the twentieth century reimagined herself with such audacity and durable talent as did Ethel Waters. In this enlightening and engaging biography, Donald Bogle resurrects this astonishing woman from the annals of history, shedding new light on the tumultuous twists and turns of her seven-decade career, which began in Black vaudeville and reached new heights in the steamy nightclubs of 1920s  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ethel Waters; Ethel Waters
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Bogle
ISBN: 9780061241734 0061241733
OCLC Number: 641532167
Description: xii, 624 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Two women, two cities --
On the road --
The Big Apple --
Back in the city --
Broadway beckons --
Stretching boundaries : Hollywood and Europe --
Depression era blues, depression era heroine --
Broadway star --
A woman of the people, back on Broadway --
A chance encounter --
Waiting for Mamba --
Living high --
Mamba's daughters, at last --
Eddie --
On the run --
California dreaming --
Settling in --
The making of cabin --
Aftermath --
Scandal --
An ill wind --
Coming back --
The long winter of her discontent --
A new day --
Life away from the team --
On her own again.
Responsibility: Donald Bogle.

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"Almost no other star of the twentieth century reimagined herself with such audacity and durable talent as did Ethel Waters. In this enlightening and engaging biography, Donald Bogle resurrects this astonishing woman from the annals of history, shedding new light on the tumultuous twists and turns of her seven-decade career, which began in Black vaudeville and reached new heights in the steamy nightclubs of 1920s Harlem. Bogle traces Waters' life from her poverty-stricken childhood to her rise in show business; her career as one of the early blues and pop singers, with such hits as "Am I Blue?," "Stormy Weather," and "Heat Wave"; her success as an actress, appearing in such films and plays as The Member of the Wedding and Mamba's Daughters; and through her lonely, painful final years. He illuminates Waters' turbulent private life, including her complicated feelings toward her mother and various lovers; her heated and sometimes well-known feuds with such entertainers as Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, and Lena Horne; and her tangled relationships with such legends as Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Harold Clurman, Elia Kazan, Count Basie, Darryl F. Zanuck, Vincente Minnelli, Fred Zinnemann, Moss Hart, and John Ford. In addition, Bogle explores the ongoing racial battles, growing paranoia, and midlife religious conversion of this bold, brash, wildly talented woman while examining the significance of her highly publicized life to audiences unaccustomed to the travails of a larger-than-life African American woman. Wonderfully atmospheric, richly detailed, and drawn from an array of candid interviews, Heat Wave vividly brings to life a major cultural figure of the twentieth century--a charismatic, complex, and compelling woman, both tragic and triumphant."--Dust jacket p. 1.

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