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Elisabeth Welch (1904–2003)

In British films of the 1930s and 1940s, American-born singer Elisabeth Welch made several memorable guest appearances in cabaret sequences, and starred opposite Paul Robeson in two features. Sophisticated, glamorous and charming, her appearances were a refreshing departure from the stereotype of black women perpetuated by Hollywood films of that ... See full bio »

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 1979 The Tempest
A Goddess
 1979 Arabian Adventure
Beggarwoman (as Elizabeth Welch)
 1973 Girl Stroke Boy
Mrs Delaney
 1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie)
 1968-1969 Jackanory (TV Series)
Storyteller / Storyteller - 'The Naughty Little Elves'
- The Moffats: Goodbye to the Yellow House (1969) ... Storyteller
- The Moffats: Sailor's Hornpipe (1969) ... Storyteller
- The Moffats: The Ghost in the Attic (1969) ... Storyteller
- The Naughty Little Elves/The Tree Carpet (1968) ... Storyteller - 'The Naughty Little Elves'
 1967 Before the Fringe (TV Series)
- Episode #2.2 (1967)
- Episode #1.4 (1967)
- Episode #1.1 (1967)
 1966 I Gotta Shoe, or Cindy-Ella (TV Movie)
 1964 Crane (TV Series)
- Epitaph for a Fat Woman (1964) ... Assunta
 1963 Cleopatra
Children's Nurse (scenes deleted)
 1962 The Brockenstein Affair (TV Movie)
 1959 Our Man in Havana
 1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Grass Harp (1957)
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Bessie Bolt
- Mrs. Patterson (1956) ... Bessie Bolt
 1952 Penny Plain (TV Movie)
 1949 Tuppence Coloured (TV Movie)
 1949 Oranges and Lemons (TV Movie)
 1945 Dead of Night
 1944 While Nero Fiddled
 1942 Alibi
 1942 This Was Paris
Cabaret Singer (uncredited)
 1939 Over the Moon
Cabaret Singer (as Elizabeth Welch)
 1938 Around the Town
Elisabeth (uncredited)
 1936 Song of Freedom
Ruth Zinga (as Elizabeth Welch)
 1934 Death at a Broadcast
Elisabeth Welch - Singer
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Other Works:

She acted in Peter Greenwell's musical, "The Crooked Mile," at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with Jack MacGowram, Elwyn Brook-Jones, Millicent Martin, Anton Rodgers, and Norman Warwick in the cast. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Elizabeth Welch

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Personal Quote:

I was brought up in a mixed neighborhood, 63rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, that was primarily Irish, secondly Italian, thirdly Negro, and then the mixes of all other European countries. I went to a mixed school, Julia Richman High. I've never thought of race. I'm lucky. It never hit me. See more »


She never saw her father again after he left her mother. See more »

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