Abyssinia (1906). Musical comedy. Music by Will Marion Cook
and Bert Williams
. Book by Jesse A. Shipp and Alexander Rogers. Lyrics by Jesse A. Shipp and Alexander Rogers. Additional lyrics by Earle C. Jones. Additional music by James J. Vaughn. Musical Director: James J. Vaughn. Director of vocal music: William C. Elkins. ...
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Did You Know?
[To Eddie Cantor
, on the racist treatment he received] "You know, it wouldn't be so bad, Eddie, if I didn't hear that applause still ringing in my ears."
In 1915 the American Muroscope and Biograph Company in an unprecedented move gave Bert Williams the authority to produce, write, direct, and star in two Biograph films, A Natural Born Gambler
(1916), and Fish
(1916), making him the first Black-American to have full control and produce his own films for a general audience. No other film company at that time had done such a thing.
Although he was black, he performed in traditional blackface makeup