Nina Mae McKinney was an American actress who worked internationally in theatre, film and television after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe, she was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States and was one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.
Pioneering Broadway and film actress Nina Mae McKinney (1913-1967) in Berlin around 1929. Best known for her starring role in the 1929 film, “Hallelujah,” the Lancaster, South Carolina-born Ms. McKinney found that stardom and a five-year MGM contract still did not mean roles for her, so she moved to Europe, where she enjoyed great success as a cabaret singer. In England she starred in two films with Paul Robeson, “Congo” in 1930 and “Sanders of the River” in 1