...Stephen Bourne packs a lot into his life of the African-American singer Ethel Waters....the book is a model of balance....Bourne has the makings of the country's leading biographer of African-American singers. (Jazzwise, July 2007
This biography of singer and actress Ethel Waters traces her career, including how she became a singer, her Broadway appearances, the film version of Cabin in the Sky, other films she appeared in, and recordings. Included are a list of credits and a transcript from her interview with Woman's Hour on BBC Radio. Bourne is a contributor to Black Filmmaker magazine and is the author of other books relating to black history. (Reference and Research Book News, May 2007
About the Author
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).