Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy (Willie Morris Book in Memoir and Biography)
David E. WeaverISBN: 1578066514;
Book DescriptionWhile undergoing surgery to remove a benign tumor, Ruby Elzy died. What was considered to be a routine operation took her life. She was only thirty-five. Had she lived, she would have been one of the first black artists to appear in grandopera. Although now in the shadows, she was a shining star in her day. She entertained Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. She was Paul Robeson's leading lady in the movie version of The Emperor Jones. She co-starred in Birth of the Blues opposite Bing Crosby and Mary Martin. She sang at Harlem's Apollo Theater and in the Hollywood Bowl. Her remarkable soprano voice was known to millions over the radio. She was personally chosen by George Gershwin to create one of the leading roles in his masterpiece, that of Serena in the original production of Porgy and Bess. Her signature song was the vocally demanding "My Man's Gone Now." She had come out obscurity and had risen to great heights. Ruby Pearl Elzy (1908-1943) was born in...
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