She now recognizes that, at age 17, she really had not been ready.Tara spent the next two years working her way around Europe as a waitress, an experience that provided her with an improved perspective. Because of how organically omnipresent jazz is in Fitzgerald’s novel, virtually all later depictions of the book feature roaring jazzy orchestras as a way of capturing the book’s atmosphere, from film adaptations to the by-now-common phenomenon of the Gatsby party. Jolson, portraying a white Jewish singer, decides to “become American” by wearing blackface and crooning jazz on stage; as the scholar Michael Rogin observes, because blackface and minstrelsy were amongst the most iconic images at the time of American entertainment, viewers would have understood, immediately, how merging jazz and blackface was equivalent to projecting an identity of “American-ness.”. She was living at home with her mother, and working as a waitress at "The Ark" restaurant in Kensington to repay the bank loan which she had secured to cover her tuition fees. Cook, for example, went on to produce the first African-American Broadway musical comedy, Clorindy, the Origin of the Cakewalk, in 1898. JSTOR®, the JSTOR logo, and ITHAKA® are registered trademarks of ITHAKA. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, an all-white group that produced the first jazz record in 1919, incorporated barnyard noises in its hit single, “Livery Stable Blues,” a harkening to the use of bizarre sounds in black vaudeville. At the same time, however, Fitzgerald tended to outline black characters in language straight out of minstrel iconography. Her mother, Sarah Fitzgerald, is Irish, and her father, Michael Callaby, was Italian.

Its history, of course, appealed to him.

I wondered at one stage whether I should stop acting altogether, but that was just rubbish. Instead, its ancestry can be traced back to musical theatre and black vaudeville performances in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century—though the vaudevillian connections are often neglected in conventional histories of jazz.

Yet Fitzgerald would later argue stridently against the white-supremacist movement of “Nordicism,” which held that whites in Europe and America were being “replaced” by the “spread” of nonwhites and that white people would soon simply cease to exist (an idea echoed today in memes about “white genocide”). Ralph received the notoriety, but Tara received the award for Best Supporting Actress from the New York Critics Circle.Tara's next success was co-starring with Ewan McGregor in the highly acclaimed comedy/drama Brassed Off (1996).

This, along with Jim Crow-era racism, meant that jazz quickly became associated in many Americans’ minds not only with the musical style itself, but with the worst images of anti-black mockery.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: When you are doing a nude scene you just have to take a deep breath and get on with it. He embraced the new music; he struggled more to embrace its practitioners and progenitors. Two weeks after graduating from college in July, 1990, Tara was at work on a major film that turned out to be a surprise success, and generated rave reviews of her performance.