Friday, July 17, 2009

Vintage Photo of the Week

When most people think of Ethel Waters, images of the "mammy" characters she portrayed in movies such as "Pinky" and "Cabin in the Sky" come to mind. However, there was another side to Ms. Waters that we never got a chance to see.

During her vaudevillian days, Ms. Waters cut a striking figure, earning the nickname "Sweet Mama Stringbean" for her tall and svelte physique. She was sassy and glamorous on stage, wearing elaborate costumes adorned with feathers and sequins, as she sang such hits as "Stormy Weather" and "Suppatime". This photo gives us a glimpse of Ms. Waters of just how attractive she was.

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