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Ruth Brown (I) (1928–2006)

Ruth Brown was born on January 30, 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA as Ruth Alston Weston. She was an actress, known for Hairspray (1988), Seven Pounds (2008) and The Hurricane (1999). She was married to Earl Swanson, Jimmy Brown, Bill Blunt, Jimmy Brown and Willis 'Gator Tail' Jackson. She died on November 17, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. See full bio »

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 2000 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Ant / Tortoise
- Aesop's Fables: A Whodunnit Musical (2000) ... Ant / Tortoise (voice)
 1994 Rebel Highway (TV Series)
Ella Baldwin
- Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) ... Ella Baldwin
 1994 Shake, Rattle and Rock! (TV Movie)
 1993 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Sherman
- Hallelujah (1993) ... Mrs. Sherman
 1993 Great Performances (TV Series)
- Black and Blue (1993)
 1991 True Identity
 1981 Under the Rainbow
Cleaning Woman
 1981 Checking In (TV Series)
- Boo Who? (1981) ... Betty
 1981 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
- Florence's New Job: Part 2 (1981) ... Betty
 1979-1980 Hello, Larry (TV Series)
Leona Wilson
- Diane Drinks (1980) ... Leona Wilson
- Marion's Fiance (1979) ... Leona Wilson
- Morgan, the Boss (1979) ... Leona Wilson
- The Nude Emcee (1979) ... Leona Wilson
- Goodbye, Marion (1979) ... Leona Wilson
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Album: "Fine and Mellow" (Fantasy Records) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

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Some of her better known hits: "So Long" (1949); "Teardrops from My Eyes" (1950) (one of her biggest that earned her the name "Miss Rhythm"), "I'll Wait for You" (1951); "I Know" (1951); "5-10-15 Hours" (1953); "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" (1953); "Oh What a Dream" (1954); "Mambo Baby" (1954); and "Don't Deceive Me" (1960). See more »


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