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Etta Moten Barnett

Etta Moten Barnett
Moten as Bess in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, 1943
Personal information
Birth nameEtta Moten
Birth dateNovember 5, 1901
Place of birthWeimar, Texas, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 2, 2004(age 102)
Death placeChicago, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, U.S. cultural representative in Africa
SpouseCurtis Brooks (ca. 1918-24; divorced; 3 daughters)
Claude Barnett
(1934 - 67; his death)

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Etta Moten Barnett (November 5, 1901 - January 2, 2004) was an American actress and contralto vocalist, who was identified with her signature role of "Bess" in Porgy and Bess. She created new roles for African-American women on stage and screen. After her performing career, Barnett was active in Chicago as a major philanthropist and civic activist, raising funds for and supporting cultural, social and church institutions.

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