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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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 2017 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Kimmy Goes to College! (2017) ... (performer: "As Long As I'm Moving" - uncredited)
 2016 Hidden Figures (performer: "Have A Good Time")
 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")
 2012 Caroline and Jackie (performer: "Hurry On Down")
 2009 Soul Kitchen (performer: "I DON'T KNOW")
 2008 Seven Pounds (performer: "I Don't Know")
 2008 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Pin Up Girl (2008) ... (performer: "I'll Wait For You")
 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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Other Works:

Single: "I'll Wait for YOu" / "I Know". See more »

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

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Won Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Black and Blue", a performance she recreated in the television version of the same title, Great Performances: Black and Blue (1993). See more »


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