in New York - 1939

from His Eye Is On the Sparrow, page 247:

"Five minutes, Miss Waters." Five minutes more to get ready to be Hagar and tell the story of my mother in front of the carriage trade. I asked God, "Oh, stay with me! Lord, keep Your hand on my shoulder! Please God!" Then I got up and started off on that terrifying last mile a performer has to walk every opening night. Into the wings, a pause there for a moment waiting for the cue--and then on, Ethel Waters, to glory or ... I was Hagar that night. Hagar and Momweeze and all of us. Seventeen curtain calls that opening night for me alone. I couldn't stand it. Half collapsing…   more >>
cite as

Charles Samuels and Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On the Sparrow (1950), p. 247. accessed: 2 December, 2022

location of experience: New York

Experience Information

Date/Time 1939
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Gill on Fri, 01 May 2015 11:16:56 +0100
Approved on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:07:36 +0100