Â· Born in Pennsylvania on October 3, 1896.
Â· Died September 1, 1977.
Â· Ethel was born to a 12 year old mother, Louis Anderson, who had been r…aped by a white man, John Waters, at Knife point.
Â· She had a troubled life an poverty with a rejecting mother.
Â· She sang in the church choir.
Â· Her childhood was cut short..
Â· When she was 13, she married an abusive man and dropped out of 6 th grade. One year she was discovered.
Â· Worked as a maid.
Â· She was discovered roe being a good actress in 1917 when she was singing in a singing contest.
Â· Stage name is "Big Mamma Stringbean," because that was chosen for her acting career.
Â· One of the first black singers to cut a record on the Black Swan record label.
Â· Toured with Fletcher Henderson and the Black Swan jazz masters.
Â· Her grandmother influenced her not to holler by telling her "you don't have to holler, because God has very big ears. He can here you even if you whisper".
Â· Raised by her maternal grandmother ( Full Answer )