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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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Known For

The Emperor Jones
Birth of the Blues
Way Down South
Way Down South Singer in Hall Johnson Choir
The Toy Wife
The Toy Wife Mulatto at Fruit Stand


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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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Stage Play: Brown Sugar. Melodrama. Incidental music by Haven Johnson. Written by Bernie Angus. Scenic Design by Cirker & Robbins. Directed by George Abbott. Biltmore Theatre: 2 Dec 1937- 4 Dec 1937 (4 performances). Cast: John T.L. Bunn (as "Trot"), Eric Burroughs (as "Musken"), Alvin Childress (as "Slim"), Martin de C. Slade (as "Lonny")... See more »

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