Ethel Waters (1896-1977) began her professional career performing vaudeville and blues and is believed to have performed in the same vaudeville circuit as blues greats "Ma" Rainey and Bessie Smith. Waters starred in many Broadway hits, including "Africana" (1927), "Blackbirds" (1930), and "As Thousands Cheer" (1933). In 1950 she won the Drama Critics' Circle Award for her performance in "Member of the Wedding."
Reference: Postal Bulletin (August 18, 1994).
Scott Catalogue USA: 2851
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Museum ID: 1995.2075.40