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Ruby Elzy (1908–1943)

Ruby Elzy was a pioneer black opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film. A native of Mississippi, Elzy created the role of Serena in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway in 1935. She made her film debut opposite Paul Robeson in 1933's "The Emperor Jones" while still a student at New York's Juilliard School. Her most prominent ... See full bio »


(age 35) in Detroit, Michigan, USA

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 1941 Birth of the Blues
 1939 Way Down South
Singer in Hall Johnson Choir (uncredited)
 1939 Tell No Tales
Woman in Chair at the Wake (uncredited)
 1938 The Toy Wife
Mulatto at Fruit Stand (uncredited)
 1933 The Emperor Jones
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 1941 Birth of the Blues (performer: "St. Louis Blues" - uncredited)

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Sang the role of Serena in the original 1935 stage production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess". She reprised her main aria, "My Man's Gone Now", at the Gershwin Memorial Concert in 1937, which was broadcast on CBS Radio. See more »

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