Ethel Waters was Born: 1896 Died: 1977. And she was a famous Jazz singer, actor. Ethel Waters was the first person to sing the "Saint Louis Blues". And Ethel Waters was an amazing Jazz singer. Later she even acted in movies. Ethel waters was brave because she started singing on the big stage when she was 17. Ethel Waters was also confident because she sang Jazz, went to nightclubs, and eventually acted in movies. And also one of her quotes was "as a kid I always wanted to sing and here I am standing on the stage."