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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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Big Fella Amanda 'Manda'
BBC Play of the Month Tiare Johnson
Song of Freedom Ruth Zinga


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 1979 The Tempest
A Goddess
 1979 Arabian Adventure
Beggarwoman (as Elizabeth Welch)
 1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie)
 1971 Girl Stroke Boy
Mrs Delaney
 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 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Tiare Johnson
- The Moon and Sixpence (1967) ... Tiare Johnson
 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
Beulah (segment "The Ventriloquist's Dummy")
 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)
 1937 Big Fella
Amanda 'Manda'
 1936 Song of Freedom
Ruth Zinga (as Elizabeth Welch)
 1934 Death at a Broadcast
Elisabeth Welch - Singer
Show Show Soundtrack (9 credits)
Show Show Self (24 credits)

Personal Details

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She performed in Rubens and Landeau's revue, "It's All in the Bag," at the Saville Theatre in London, England with Gene Sheldon, Benny Ross, Maxine Stone, Doris Hare, and Sepha Treble in the cast. Erte was costume and set designer. See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Elizabeth Welch


5' 4" (1.63 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on co-star Paul Robeson] There were no lines he objected to in "Song of Freedom." In later years he was very nasty in that film "Sanders of the River." He said they had tricked him into that. I don't know how or why. That's his comment, but I have no evidence of it. He was a lovely man. We discussed politics naturally, but I'm not politically minded although I follow. And I have my own theories.... See more »


Launched a one-woman show in 1986, at age 81, at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre, and earned an Obie and 'special' Outer Critics' Circle awards for "making old song favorites sound young, fresh and vital." See more »

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