Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

Paperback | June 26, 2012

byDonald Bogle

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“Mr. Bogle continues to be our most noted black-cinema historian.”
—Spike Lee

“Donald Bogle [is a] pioneering safe-keeper of the history of blacks in film.”
Vogue

From Donald Bogle, author of the bestselling Dorothy Dandridge and Toms, Coons, Mulattos, Mammies, and Bucks, a groundbreaking history of African American portrayals in Hollywood, comes the long-awaited, definitive biography of one of America’s brightest and most troubled theatrical stars: actress and singer Ethel Waters. In Heat Wave, Bogle explores Waters’ relationships with other performing greats, including Lena Horne, Count Basie, Vincent Minnelli, and many others, and paints a vivid, deeply human portrait of this legendary performer—a must-read for any fan of jazz, blues, and classic American cinema.

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“Mr. Bogle continues to be our most noted black-cinema historian.”—Spike Lee“Donald Bogle [is a] pioneering safe-keeper of the history of blacks in film.”—VogueFrom Donald Bogle, author of the bestselling Dorothy Dandridge and Toms, Coons, Mulattos, Mammies, and Bucks, a groundbreaking history of African American portrayals in Hollywoo...

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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 in music, on Broadw...

Donald Bogle is one of the country's leading authorities on African Americans in Hollywood. He is the author of the groundbreakingToms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies, and Bucks: An Interpretive History of Blacks in American Films; the acclaimed biographyDorothy Dandridge; andBrown Sugar: Over 100 Years of America's Black Female Superstars....
Format:PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.05 inPublished:June 26, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061241741

ISBN - 13:9780061241741

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“In this powerful biography, Bogle recovers the rich fullness of singer Ethel Waters’s life...Bogle’s thorough and unflinchingly honest look at Waters’s brilliant and flawed life will undoubtedly be the definitive biography of this great woman”