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Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters Hardcover – February 8, 2011
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Bogle's book is for the most part a well-researched, insightful and engaging biography. Mr Bogle clearly loves his subject but it is a pity it is padded out with unecessary 'background' information which sometimes wore this reader down. Also his lack of generosity to other writers on Ethel Waters has excluded any mention of her previous biographer, the London-based Stephen Bourne, whose modest, but informative biography, "Ethel Waters: Stormy Weather", was published by Scarecrow Press in 2007.Read more ›
Once Bogle feels he's laid enough background he streamlines his prose a bit (although never fully) and delivers a comprehensive and nuanced portrait of Ethel's life. Ethel Waters is delivered to the reader with her personality intact. There is no whitewashing or looking away from her flaws, nor is there undue appreciation for her unquestionable talent. This is a clear eyed but very respectful assessment of Ethel as a person and a performer. Where possible, the author makes excellent use of Waters' own words, and those of her contemporaries. (To misquote Ossie Davis from the book; she was a great performer and a mean woman.) While not a casual read, it could be a definitive one. Donald Bogle clearly understands Ethel Waters as much as he appreciates her, his look at this too often forgotten star is worth the time.
point out. I don't recall anyone in my family being interviewed . Secondly there is a reference to that fact that Ethel Waters was
born from a teenage mother who was raped, which i assume was taken from her auto-biography. My grandfather, who was Ethel's
older brother assured us that his mother was not a teenager when she was born and was not raped. This fact split the family apart.
This was written in her bio merely to sell books...Crystal Waters
How far is too far? I'm not crazy about Lena Horne, but Waters was vicious to Horne on the set of Stormy Weather, terrorizing the younger soubrette and provoking a huge backlash among studio executives, effectively crippling her own career. Waters was twice the singer Horne was, but she wound up steaming when Horne robbed her of her signature song, "Stormy Weather," effectively making it her own number. Yes, I'd be annoyed too, but Waters just came off looking bad.Read more ›
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I expected a lot more from this bio. Do editors actually edit books any more? On the one hand, the first 20 years of Waters' life are dispensed with in about as many pages; on the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Clark
Ethel truly had a remarkable life. If you want to know who the true Ethel is, get this book.Published 13 months ago by Kay
Great book, I learned a lot about her life and her relationships with others that I knew nothing about. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Patrick J. Hanna Sr.
I'm currently reading it. So far I finding it as another seed in my search of all book's relating to all African Americans who's history's have been lost until found. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I am pleased with this book, but am holding it for my nursing assistant's birthday; I already gave her Ethel Waters' autobiography and know she'll like the biography. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Carolyn M. Lane
This is a terrible book by someone who doesn't seem to understand people, how to capture a moment or person's life and is so biased by late 20th and 21st century perspectives and... Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Deborah McElhinney
I enjoyed reading this book because it was superbly written. Donald Bogle did an excellent job of research and the riveting narrative was superb.Published on January 4, 2014 by Terry J.