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Ruth Brown (I) (1928–2006)

Ruth Brown was born on January 12, 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA as Ruth Alston Weston. 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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Seven Pounds
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Hairspray Motormouth Maybelle
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 2016 Vinyl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pilot (2016) ... (performer: "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean")
 2014 Gotham (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Mask (2014) ... (performer: "Oh What A Dream" - uncredited)
 2014/I Seek (performer: "If I Can't Sell It I'll Keep Sittin' On It")
 2009 Soul Kitchen (performer: "I DON'T KNOW")
 2008 Seven Pounds (performer: "I Don't Know")
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe (performer: "Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)")
 2007 My Blueberry Nights (performer: "Looking Back")
 1999 The Hurricane (performer: "I Don't Know")
 1997 Great Performances (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (1997) ... (performer: "The Man Than Got Away")
 1991 True Identity (performer: "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Just Keep Sittin' On It")
 1989 The 43rd Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) (performer: "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do")
 1988 Heart of Midnight (performer: " (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean")
 1986 Quicksilver (performer: "Mama (He Treats Your Daughter Mean)")
 1955 Rhythm and Blues Revue (Documentary) (performer: "It's Raining Teardrops From My Eyes")
 1955 Show Time at the Apollo (TV Series) (performer - 5 episodes)
- Variety Time ... (performer: "Have a Good Time")
- Stars Over Harlem ... (performer: "Raining Teardrops from My Eyes")
- Rhythm in Harlem ... (performer: "Oh What a Dream")
- Jazz Time ... (performer: "Goodbye")
- Basin Street Revue ... (performer: "Hey Momma, He Treats You Daughter Mean")
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Album: "Late Date with Ruth Brown" (Atlantic Records) See more »

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

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Best known in films for her role as Motormouth Maybelle in John Waters' musical comedy Hairspray (1988). See more »


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