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Nina Mae McKinney Old Hollywood Celebration

Nina Mae McKinney (June 13, 1912 – May 3, 1967) was an American actress who worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar period. McKinney was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States, as well as one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.

Nina Mae McKinney first became known as the seductress, Chick in the first all-Black musical, Hallelujah! in 1929. She remained a prominent actress throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, appearing in a string of films throughout the decades, including seven films during the 1940s. In 1949, she had a supporting role in the iconic race drama, Pinky starring Ethel Waters.

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Nina mae Mckinney | History of The Black Pinup: Nina Mae McKinney

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 | Nina Mae McKinney– Pinky

Nina Mae McKinney shines bright as Chick in King Vidor’s Hallelujah (1929) available again on DVD from the Warner Archive