Fredi Washington refused to "pass" for white, at Hollywood's suggestion, and was therefore typecast as mixed race and never allowed a flourishing career. Her stance, however, made her an advocate among African Americans.
Vonetta Lawrence McGee was an American actress. She is best known for her roles during the 1970s, which included blaxploitation films such as Hammer, Melinda, Blacula, Shaft in Africa and 1974's Thomasine
AVA GARDNER Actress Ava Gardner, whose radiant beauty graced the silver screen during the 1940’s and 1950’s signed a seven-year film contract with MGM when she was 18. Description from pinterest.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images
Harry Belefonte | Black Hollywood Series Harold George Belafonte, Jr. (born March 1, 1927) is an American musician, actor and social activist. One of the most successful Jamaican musicians in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso" for popularizing the Caribbean musical style in the 1950s. Belafonte is perhaps best known for singing the "Banana Boat Song", with its signature lyric "Day-O".
Though Julia (1968-71, NBC) is now remembered as being a groundbreaking TV series, while on the air, it was derided by critics for being apolitical and unrealistic. Diahann Carroll herself remarked in 1968, "At the moment we're presenting the white Negro. And he has very little Negroness."
William "Billie" Thomas (1931-1980). Child actor best remembered for playing Buckwheat in the "Our Gang" films from 1934 until 1944. The only cast member to be in all 52 "Our Gang" shorts. His role was the subject of controversy in later years, but he always defended his work, pointing out that the black kids were treated as equals to the white kids. As an adult, he was a successful film lab technician with Technicolor Corp. He took his experience in film to learn the trade of film editing.
Jane White as Queen Aggravain in the 1959 Broadway production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” The first African-American actress to portray a white character on Broadway, Ms. White originated this role in the Tony-nominated musical comedy and starred opposite Carol Burnett, who was making her Broadway debut in the role of Princess Winnifred. S)