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Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) 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.
Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 - May 3, 1967) The first successful Black actress in cinema. During the 1930s, McKinney won a coveted five-year contract with MGM and starred in two films. In Europe, where McKinney toured extensively, she was known as the “Black Garbo.”
"Dutch actress Lien Deijers (1910 - 1965) - also known as Lien Deyers and Lien Dyers - was discovered by famous director Fritz Lang who gave her a part in Spione (1928). She acted in a stream of late silent and early sound films.
1920s era photograph of a black Vaudevillian actress named Mae Fanning. She performed in musicals written by the famed team, Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle. Image credit: Vintage Vaudeville & Burlesque Images
Vintage real photo postcard by Cinemagazine, Paris, 1920s. Myers was a popular silent film actress who reached the height of her celebrity playing the evil Egyptian seductress Iras in Ben Hur (1925).
Jet magazine, March 10, 1955 — Dorothy Dandridge's Oscar nomination for Carmen Jones (1954). Dandridge was only the third African American to receive a nomination in any category, and the first to be nominated for Best Actress. Grace Kelly won that year for The Country Girl. It would take another 46 years before an African American would win Best Actress (Halle Berry in 2001's Monster's Ball).