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Famous Black Actresses

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Famous Black Actresses

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Eartha Kitt

Ruby Dee

Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.

Dorothy Dandridge

Aida Overton Walker, born in 1880. She was a singer, dancer, actress, and choreographer, regarded as the leading African-American female performing artist at the turn of the century.


Actress Dorothy Dandridge was the first African American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress.

People of Color in Classic Film: Let's Talk: Dorothy Dandridge & Marilyn Monroe (Part Two)

Pearl Bailey is often forgotten as one of Hollywood's most beautiful women due to the era when Hollywood did not find women of color as beautiful. Hollywood was wrong because Ms. Pearl is a beautiful classic and timeless beauty that is often emulated.

Inspiration: Pearl Bailey | Around the Way Curls

Stevie Wonder, 1967

filling my need to hunt and gather...

Young Eartha Kitt

Diana Ross

Dorothy Dandridge

Eartha Kitt, 1965 Photo by Harry Benson

Dorothy Dandridge in Tarzan's Peril (RKO, 1951)

Eartha Kitt

Leslie Uggams, 69

Eartha Kitt, by Ernst Haas NYC, 1952

Saidie Sellyna, an actress, singer and dancer in a... | Vintage Black Glamour

Judge Joseph W. Hatchett (1932- ). A native of Clearwater, in 1975 he became the first African American to be appointed to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. Later, he was appointed to serve on the Federal bench. Retired since 1999, he currently resides in Tallahassee.

African American History Project

Mary McLeod Bethune: "Symphony of Life" Born into a family of seventeen children whose parents had once been slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune became one of the most indefatigable voices for global equality and understanding in the immediate years before and after World War II. She was a self-assured educator, activist, and columnist and found in prayer one of life’s great comforts. Here she expresses her firm belief in the beauty of diversity throughout the world.

Prayers from African Americans in History

Dancer, Actress, Director Debbie Allen.

Eartha Kitt

Before there was Beverly Johnson, Jayne Kennedy, Halle Berry, Rhianna, or Tyra Banks, there was Marpessa Dawn. Beauty that took your breath away. "Black Orpheus" 1959.

Dorothy Dandridge

Theresa Harris - early black film star. Isn't she beautiful?

Picture of Theresa Harris

Actress Marpessa Dawn (Black Orpheus). What a beauty! - Yes indeed and my homegirl, from Pittsburgh.