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Anne Brown (I) (1912–2009)

Born Annie Wiggins Brown in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the daughter of a prominent physician, Dr Harry F. Brown, the grandson of a slave. Her mother was of African, Cherokee and Scottish-Irish descent. Along with her three sisters, she was taught and encouraged in music by her mother. Hopes of developing her musical talents were dashed when a ... See full bio »


(age 96) in Oslo, Norway

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 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
 1934 March of the Wooden Soldiers
Sally Waters (uncredited)
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 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (performer: "Summertime", "Blue Monday Blues" - uncredited)
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 2012 Gershwin & Bess: A Dialogue with Anne Brown (Documentary short) (as Anne Wiggins Brown)
 2004 Broadway: The American Musical (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- I Got Plenty o' Nuttin': 1929-1942 (2004) ... Herself
 2000 Great Performances (TV Series)
 1987 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- George Gershwin Remembered (1987) ... Herself
 1935 Starlit Days at the Lido (Short)
Herself (as Ann Brown)
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 1998-2003 Great Performances (TV Series)
Herself / Bess
- The Great American Songbook (2003) ... Herself

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Sang the title role of Bess when 'Porgy and Bess' premiered at the Alvin Theatre in New York on October 10, 1935. See more »

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1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Anne Wiggins Brown | Ann Brown

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Personal Quote:

If I had been born even 20 years later, I might have sung at the Metropolitan Opera. I might have marched for civil rights. I would have been here for life would have been very different. Of course, I would not have met Mr. Gershwin, and that would have been a shame.


Had to cut her career as a singer short for health reasons, but she did work for several years as a song teacher. Among her students are actress Liv Ullmann. She has also staged several operas in France and Norway. See more »

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