Irma P. Hall (born June 3, 1935) is an African American actress who has appeared in numerous films and television shows since the 1970s. She is best known for playing matriarchal figures in the films A Family Thing, Soul Food and The Ladykillers.
Kim Hamilton (Sept. 12, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2013) was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood. Hamilton portrayed Helen Robinson in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird. Her long career on TV began as Andy's girlfriend on Amos 'n' Andy. She had roles on The Twilight Zone, Days of Our Lives, All in the Family & many…
Lillian Randolph (December 14, 1898 – September 12, 1980) was an American actress and singer, a veteran of radio, film, and television. An African American, she worked in entertainment from the 1930s well into the 1970s, appearing in hundreds of radio shows, motion pictures, short subjects, and television shows.
Josephine Baker was the first African American female to star in a motion picture, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. Not only was Josephine beautiful, but she brought incredible amounts of change to the US for African Americans. After growing up being abused by her white female employer, Josephine went to to live as a child of the streets, using street performances to support herself. She soon became the “highest paid chorus girl in…
Isabel Sanford (August 29, 1917 – July 9, 2004) was an American stage, film and television actress best known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on the CBS sitcoms All in the Family (1971–1975) and The Jeffersons (1975–1985). She was the first African American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Diahann Carroll. American actress/singer, best known for her title role in the 1968 television series 'Julia', which made her the first African American actress to star in her own television series where she did not play a domestic worker.
Debbie Morgan, an acclaimed television actress, was one of the most celebrated Black actresses of the 1970s. Appearing in the 1971 classic film, Mandingo, she made her name during that decade playing Elizabeth Harvey in the legendary miniseries, Roots.