Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters (Hardcover)

The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

By Donald Bogle

HarperTorch, 9780061241734, 624pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2011



"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."

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.

Praise For Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters

“A penetrating look at a woman of massive talent and determination.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“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”
-Publishers Weekly