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February 3, 2014

HAZEL SCOTT

The always-glamorous Hazel Scott performs in a segment of the all-star Waner Bros. film, Rhapsody in Blue. Ms. Scott appeared in several Hollywood films. Unfortunately these performances were confined to 'segments' that could be edited out of prints shipped to sensitive Southern states. 
(c) Warner Brothers
The always-glamorous Hazel Scott performs in a segment of the all-star Waner Bros. film, Rhapsody in Blue. Ms. Scott appeared in several Hollywood films. Unfortunately these performances were confined to 'segments' that could be edited out of prints shipped to sensitive Southern states.  (c) Warner Brothers

The always-glamorous Hazel Scott performs in a segment of the all-star Waner Bros. film, Rhapsody in Blue. Ms. Scott appeared in several Hollywood films. Unfortunately these performances were confined to ‘segments’ that could be edited out of prints shipped to sensitive Southern states.
(c) Warner Brothers

 

Hazel Dorothy Scott  was an internationally known American jazz/classical pianist and singer. Ms. Scott also appeared in several films. Unfortunately, as was the case in those segregationist years, her screen appearances were limited to ‘specialty’ numbers that could easily be edited out in southern states.

In the late 30s and 40s she was the darling of the supper club circuit, appearing at elite night clubs and other swanky venues. In 1945 she was reported to earn over $75,000 a year.

Some of the movies Scott appeared in were Something to Shout About, The Heat’s On, Rhapsody in Blue, and I Dood It , the latter with her great good friend, Lena Horne.

In 1950, she became the first woman of color to have her own TV variety show. Like Ms. Horne, Hazel was a devoted political activist, speaking out against McCarthyism and segregation. These controversial stands put her on a government ‘hit-list’. Scott moved to Paris in the late 1950s and performed in France. She did not return to the United States until 1967.

In 1945, Scott, who was a Catholic, married Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Baptist minister and U.S. Congressman. They had one child, Adam Clayton Powell III, but divorced in 1960 after a separation.

After her return, Hazel Scott appeared sporadically in the United States until her death on October 2, 1981.

 






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