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Bessie Smith (1894–1937)

Bessie Smith was born on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as Elizabeth Smith. She was married to Jack Gee. She died on September 26, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA. See full bio »

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2
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 2016 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (TV Movie) (writer: "Baby Doll" - as Smith)
 2016 Gas Light (performer: "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home")
 2015 Bessie (TV Movie) (performer: "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer") / (writer: "Young Woman's Blues", "Long Old Road")
 2015 The Originals (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Sanctuary (2015) ... (performer: "Down Hearted Blues" - uncredited)
 2014/I A Good Man (Short) (performer: "A Good Man is Hard to Find") / (writer: "A Good Man is Hard to Find")
 2012 Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Bone for Tuna (2012) ... ("Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out" (1923))
 2011 The Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2011) ... (writer: "Backwater Blues" - uncredited)
 2011 Water for Elephants (performer: "I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl")
 2008 Nights in Rodanthe (writer: "Backwater Blues")
 2006 Idlewild (performer: "Do Your Duty")
 2005 Cold Case (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Best Friends (2005) ... (performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out")
 2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (performer: "About Her")
  Carnivàle (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2003) (writer - 1 episode, 2003)
- The River (2003) ... (performer: "I need A Little Sugar In My Bowl" - uncredited) / (writer: "I need A Little Sugar In My Bowl" - uncredited)
  The Blues (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode, 2003) (performer - 1 episode, 2003)
- Red, White and Blues (2003) ... (writer: "Young Woman's Blues')
- Warming by the Devil's Fire (2003) ... (performer: "Muddy Water", "St. Louis Blues")
 2000 History Lessons (Documentary) (performer: "Soft Pedal Blues" - uncredited) / (writer: "Soft Pedal Blues" - uncredited)
 1993 Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music (Documentary) (performer: "St. Louis Blues")
 1991 The Butcher's Wife (performer: "T'AINT NOBODY'S BIZNESS IF I DO")
 1988 Die Schauspielerin (performer: "NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN AND OUT")
 1987 Angel Heart (performer: "Honeymoon Blues")
 1986 'Round Midnight (writer: "Put It Right Here")
 1981 Rich and Famous (performer: "Take Me for a Buggy Ride")
 1981 Carbon Copy (performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out")
 1975 Lucky Lady (performer: "Empty Bed Blues", "A Hot Time in the Old Town")
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Earthquake II (1975) ... (performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" - uncredited)
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (performer: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (1923))
 1974 Sing Sing Thanksgiving (Documentary) (performer: "Sing Sing Prison Blues")
 1929 St. Louis Blues (Short) (performer: "St. Louis Blues")
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Other Works:

CD: "Beale Street Mama" (ZCDC) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Article | 1 Pictorial | See more »


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According to 1900 census, she was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States in July, 1892. That date stands in contrast to April 15, 1894, which is the date indicated on her wedding certificate and confirmed by family members. See more »


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