Black Actresses, Classic Era 2. List 2 of 2 lists.by road-traveled | created - 19 Jul 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
List 2 of 2. More actresses in list 1.
Actress | Beulah
Ruby Dandridge was born on March 3, 1900 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Ruby Jean Butler. She was an actress, known for Beulah (1950), Dead Reckoning (1947) and Cabin in the Sky (1943). She was married to Cyril Dandridge. She died on October 17, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
47 acting credits, from 1933-1962.
Actress | Deep South
Daisy Bufford was born on April 20, 1913 in Franklin, Louisiana, USA as Daisy King. She was an actress, known for Deep South (1930), Love on Toast (1937) and Forgotten Faces (1936). She died on December 18, 1987 in Contra Costa County, California, USA.
29 acting credits, from 1927-1944.
Actress | It's a Wonderful Life
Lillian Randolph was born on December 14, 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She was an actress, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Hi, Neighbor (1942) and The Great Gildersleeve (1942). She died on September 12, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
109 acting credits, 1934-1979.
Actress | Rebel Without a Cause
Marietta Canty was born on September 30, 1905 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She was an actress, known for Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Lady Is Willing (1942) and The Spoilers (1942). She died on July 9, 1986 in Hartford.
40 acting credits, from 1940-1955.
Broadway from 1933. Political activist and humanitarian. Received numerous awards, including Humanitarian award.
Actress | I Walked with a Zombie
Theresa Harris appeared with more stars of the Golden Era of Hollywood than anyone else. She sang, she danced, she appeared in movies and TV. She graced the screen with her magnetic presence and most times stole scenes from the top stars of the day every chance she got and made a lot of dull films ...
95 acting credits, 1929-1958.
Actress | Zouzou
Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, MO, in 1906 to Carrie McDonald, a laundress, and Eddie Carson, a musician. Her early life hinted at her future career. She first danced for the public on the streets of St. Louis for nickels and dimes. Later she became a chorus girl on...
Ikiru (1952). 1952. Performer.
12 acting credits, 1924-1973. 17 Soundtrack credits . 26 self credits, 1948-1974.
France -awarded Legion of Honor.
Actress | Imitation of Life
1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...
164 acting credits, 1927-1961.
#6. Credit, Good-bye, My Lady (1956). 1956.
Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Maidie Norman was born Maidie Ruth Gamble on October 16, 1912, in Villa Rica, Georgia, to Louis and Lila Gamble. She received a B.A. from Bennett College in 1934 and a master's degree from Columbia University three years later. She also attended the Actors Lab in Hollywood from 1946 to 1949.
103 acting credits, 1947-1988.
#3 credit, The Well (1951). 1951.
B.A. Bennet College, 1934 M.A. Columbia University, 1937. Artist-in-Residence, Stanford University. Lecturer, Director, Acting Teacher, UCLA. founding member, American Negro Theater West. LA Woman of the Year award. N.A.A.C.P. Award for Contributions to Education.
Actress | A Bread Factory, Part One
1937 -. New York.
La luna (1979). 1979. Soundtrack credit.
1 acting credit 1- soundtrack credit 9 self credits, 1967-2013.
10. Pearl Bailey
Soundtrack | The Fox and the Hound
Her father Joseph was a minister and her mother was named Ella Mae. Her birth name was Pearly Mae but her parents anticipated she would be a boy and when a girl was born she was nicknamed "Dickie". Her brother was entertainer Bill Bailey (1912-1978). She spent her early life in Washington DC where ...
19 acting credits, 1947-1989.
18 soundtrack credits.
25 self credits, 1949-1989.
Composer, singer, songwriter. Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Actress | Carmen Jones
Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge began performing publicly, usually in ...
34 acting credits, 1935-1962.
12 Soundtrack credits.
21 self credits, 1941-1965.
12. Ruby Dee
Actress | American Gangster
Ruby Dee was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and civil rights activist. She is best known for originating the role of "Ruth Younger" in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun (1961).
She also starred in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), Cat People (1982), ...
113 acting credits, 1946-2013.
90 self credits, 1962-2016.
Hunter College graduate, 1944.
13. Lena Horne
Soundtrack | Cabin in the Sky
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that, on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order ...
19 acting credits, 1935-1973.
53 Soundtrack credits.
14. Eartha Kitt
Actress | The Emperor's New Groove
An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent. Her father's identity is unknown. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine. At 15, she quit high school...
70 acting credits, 1948-1910.
44 soundtrack credits.
15. Rosetta LeNoire
Actress | Family Matters
Born Rosetta Olive Barton, she was the goddaughter of famed tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. She was in the landmark all-black version of "Macbeth," directed by Orson Welles in the 1930s. Former president Bill Clinton presented her with the National Medal of the Arts in 1999. Appeared in the ...
34 Acting credits.
Acted in films from 1952 on.
Directed by Orson Welles. Awarded American National Medal of the Arts in 1999. Broadway producer.
16. Moms Mabley
Actress | Boarding House Blues
One the most successful entertainers of the Black vaudeville stage, also known as the Chitlin Circuit, was Jackie "Moms" Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken in 1894. At the apex of her long career, she was earning $10,000 a week at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Mabley focused on conventional topics such as ...
5 acting credits, 1933-1974.
The Emperor Jones
17. Hattie McDaniel
Actress | Gone with the Wind
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...
95 acting credits, 1932-1952.
10 Soundtrack credits.
Actress | Hallelujah
Nina Mae McKinney is known as the seductress "Chick" from Hallelujah (1929), the first all-black, all-sound musical. Even though she was acknowledged as a great actress, singer and dancer by audiences in the U.S. and Europe, today she is mostly forgotten. She certainly had the looks, enthusiasm, ...
24 acting credits, 1929-1950.
8 Soundtrack credits.
Singer, Band Leader. Film and Stage appearances in Europe. After the war, returned to New York and married jazz musician Jimmy Monroe, and formed a band. 1950s and 1960s lived in Greece.
Actress | Gone with the Wind
Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her ...
20 acting credits, 1939-1989.
Studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder and Janet Collins. BA, New York City College, 1974 in Political Science.
20. Juanita Moore
Actress | Imitation of Life
African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959 she ...
14 acting credits, 1964-2005.
1914 - 2014, 99
21. Beah Richards
Actress | Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Beah Richards left her native Vicksburg, Mississippi, for New York City in 1950. She would not acquire a significant role on stage until 1955, when she appeared in the off-Broadway show "Take A Giant Step" convincingly portraying an 84-year-old grandmother without using theatrical makeup. In 1962 ...
74 acting credits, 1958-2000.
poet and playwright. 1948 graduate of Dillard University.
22. Esther Rolle
Actress | Driving Miss Daisy
Best known for the role of Florida Evans on the 1970s sitcoms Maude (1972) and Good Times (1974), African-American actress Esther Rolle proved to be as spirited and iron-willed off-camera as well. The gap-toothed actress with the gravelly voice was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, the 10th child of ...
43 acting credits, 1964-2000.
Asadata Dafora troup director. Negro Ensemble Company member. Spelman College graduate, 1942. Attended Yale. NAACP Chairman's Civil Rights Leadership Award.
1920-1998, 78 years.
23. Isabel Sanford
Actress | The Jeffersons
Isabel Sanford was a Broadway actress for over thirty years before moving to Hollywood. She made numerous guest appearances on TV, including a stint as a supporting cast member on The Carol Burnett Show (1967). Until her passing, Isabel continued to act frequently, most recently in a series of ...
55 acting credits, 1967-2002.
3 soundtrack credits.
57 self credits, 1968-2004.
Started in films at the age of 50, in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
30 years on Broadway. 5 Golden Globe nominations. Numerous Emmy nominations. Won 1 Emmy. Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
24. Estelle Evans
Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird
Estelle Evans was born on October 1, 1906 in Rolle Town, Bahamas. She was an actress, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Learning Tree (1969) and The Clairvoyant (1982). She died on July 20, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA.
9 acting credits, 1962-1984.
25. Ethel Waters
Actress | Cabin in the Sky
The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and ...
28 acting credits, 1929-1972.
38 soundtrack credits, 1929-2009.
35 self credits, 1934-1976.
26. Claudia McNeil
Actress | A Raisin in the Sun
Claudia McNeil was born on August 13, 1917 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Claudia Mae McNeil. She was an actress, known for A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Black Girl (1972) and The DuPont Show of the Month (1957). She was married to Herman McCoy and Unknown. She died on November 25, 1993 in Englewood,...
24 acting credits, 1958-1983.
27. Fredi Washington
Actress | Imitation of Life
Fredi Washington was a pioneering African-American actress whose fair skin and green eyes often were impediments to her showing her extraordinary acting skills. Her talent was often overlooked because of people's obsession with her race and color. In the few films in which she acted her enormous ...
10 acting credits, from 1922-1937. Broadway actress.
1 soundtrack credit for Black and Tan, 1929.
28. Etta McDaniel
Actress | What a Man!
Etta McDaniel was born on December 1, 1890 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. She was an actress, known for What a Man! (1944), The Great Man's Lady (1942) and The Pittsburgh Kid (1941). She died on January 13, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
58 acting credits, 1933-1945.
Actress | Hallelujah
An African-American veteran performer who struggled in vain to build a film career following a top role in an early all-black musical, Fannie Belle DeKnight found herself in a dead end situation trapped in an unflattering, stereotyped role and her film career went nowhere. Best known for her ...
2 acting credits, 1929 and 1932.
1869-1950, 80 years.
Actress | Let's Merge
Lillian Fitzgerald was born in October 1875 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Let's Merge (1930), Temptation (1935) and Some Like It Hot (1939). She died on July 9, 1947 in New York City, New York.
3 acting credits, 1930-1939.
31. Juanita Hall
Soundtrack | Flower Drum Song
Juanita Hall was born on November 6, 1901 in Keyport, New Jersey, USA as Juanita Long. She was married to Clement Hall. She died on February 28, 1968 in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, USA.
8 acting credits, 1939-1961.
8 soundtrack credits, 1937-2012.
Broadway lead actress. Trained at Julliard. Received 1950 Tony Award for best supporting actress in a musical.
32. Norma Miller
Actress | Malcolm X
Norma Miller was born on December 2, 1919 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Malcolm X (1992), Dansa först (2018) and Sparkle (1976). She died on May 5, 2019 in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.
28 credits, 37-16.
33. Betty Allen
Actress | Henry King and His Orchestra
Betty Allen was born on March 17, 1927 in Campbell, Ohio, USA as Elizabeth Louise Allen. She was an actress, known for Henry King and His Orchestra (1937), I Love Lucy (1951) and Startime (1959). She was married to Ritten Edward Lee II. She died on June 22, 2009 in Valhalla, New York, USA.
1927-2009. (82). Ohio, USA.
11 credits, 1935-1962.
Wilberforce College student.
34. Myrtle Anderson
Actress | The Green Pastures
Myrtle Anderson was born on May 26, 1907 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for The Green Pastures (1936), Oh, You Beautiful Doll (1949) and Lux Video Theatre (1950). She died on October 5, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
18 acting credits, 1936-1957.
35. Edna Barr
Actress | Drums o' Voodoo
2 acting credits, 1927, 1934
36. Lucille Battle
Actress | Lucky Ghost
Lucille Battle was born on January 24, 1918 in Arkansas, USA. She was an actress, known for Lady Luck (1942). She died on February 24, 2005 in Palmdale, California, USA.
6 acting credits, 1934-1943
37. Eunice Brooks
Actress | The Exile
Attractive Eunice Brooks was an Oscar Micheaux actress. In his early films she was his leading actress...and a fine dramatic actress. She appeared in Oscar Micheaux's first talkie film "The Exile.", playing a Femme Fatale. She's a woman who has taken over a mansion and become a wealthy woman but ...
2 acting credits, '31-'32
38. Anita Brown
Actress | Charlie Chan in Egypt
10 acting credits, 1934-1947.
1912, Maryland, USA -2009, Norway. (96).
2 acting credits 1 soundtrack credit. 4 self credits, 1935-2004.
40. Marie Bryant
Actress | They Live by Night
Marie Bryant was one of the most popular Black exotic dancer of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Her sexy dancing had lots of culture and class with wowing costumes to top it. Films such as The Duke Is Tops (1938) and Gang War (1940) are the films that featured her dancing a sexy African dance. When...
13 acting credits, '38-'56.
41. Grace Bumbry
Actress | Carmen
Grace Bumbry was born on January 4, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She is an actress, known for Carmen (1969), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and Aïda (1977). She was previously married to Andreas Jaeckel.
1937-. Missouri, USA.
7 acting credits, 1965-1988. 1 soundtrack credit 16 self credits.
42. Anita Bush
Actress | The Crimson Skull
Anita Bush born in Washington, District of Columbia in 1883. began in Vaudeville theatre as part of the comedy team 'William and Walker' in the early 1900's, and later became well-known on the drama theatre's on Broadway. beautiful black performer who starred in only two movies, the first was a ...
2 acting credits, 1921, 1922.
Vaudeville, Broadway actress.
43. Celeste Cole
Actress | The Exile
2 acting credits, '31.
44. Vivian Dandridge
Actress | The Big Broadcast of 1936
Vivian Dandridge was born on April 22, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Vivian Alferetta Dandridge. She was an actress, known for The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935), Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941) and Brown Sugar (1986). She was married to Gustav Friedrich, Ralph Bledsoe, Jack Montgomery and ...
19 acting credits, '33-'53.
45. Cleo Desmond
Actress | Mokey
Cleo Desmond was born on April 25, 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Minnie Matilda Hatfield. She was an actress, known for Mokey (1942), The Easiest Way (1917) and Am I Guilty? (1940). She died on October 6, 1958 in San Diego, California, USA.
8 acting credits, from 1917-1942.
46. Katherine Dunham
Actress | Star Spangled Rhythm
Dancer, choreographer, composer and songwriter, educated at the University of Chicago. She made world tours as a dancer, choreographer, and director of her own dance company. She directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York, and was artist-in-residence at Southern Illinois University. ...
8 acting credits, 1941-1958.
Dancer, choreographer, songwriter, composer. Director, Katherine Dunham School of Dance. Artist-in-Residence, Southern Illinois University. Awarded American National Medal of the Arts. Founded Ballet Negre at the age of 21.
Actress | One Dark Night
Gorgeous Josephine Edwards was the singing and acting sensation in the entertaining race film/Black Cinema movie, "Mystery In Swing." She gave a great performance as one of the scorned lovers of a playboy trumpet player, she witnesses the murder of her lover, and before she condemn the murderer, ...
2 credits, '39,'40
48. Evelyn Ellis
Actress | The Lady from Shanghai
Evelyn Ellis was born on February 2, 1894 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for The Lady from Shanghai (1947), The Joe Louis Story (1953) and A Son of Satan (1924). She died on June 5, 1958 in Saranac Lake, New York, USA.
6 acting credits, 1924-1956.
1894-1958, 64 years.
Stage and TV actress. Originated the role of Crown's Bess in the play "Porgy".
49. Ruby Elzy
Actress | The Emperor Jones
Ruby Elzy was a pioneer black opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film. A native of Mississippi, Elzy created the role of Serena in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway in 1935. She made her film debut opposite Paul Robeson in 1933's "The Emperor Jones" while still a student at ...
5 acting credits, 1933-1941.
Opera singer. Trained at Juilliard.
1908-1943, 35. - Emperor Jones
50. Francine Everett
Actress | Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.
Francine Everett, who was called the most beautiful woman in Harlem and one of the most beautiful actresses to appear on screen. She became a familiar face with black audiences through the race films, now known as Black Cinema. She was one of the few who became a movie star through Black Cinema and...
10 acting credits, 1939-1950.
Model, singer, dancer.
No Way Out.
3 acting credits, '36-'42.
52. Ida Forsyne
Actress | The Green Pastures
Ida Forsyne was born on January 1, 1883 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Ida Forcen. She was an actress, known for The Green Pastures (1936), A Daughter of the Congo (1930) and Birthright (1939). She was married to Arthur Belton Hubbard, Usher Henry Watts and James Frank Dougherty. She died on August ...
2 credits, '30,'36.
53. Louise Franklin
Actress | Strange Journey
Louise Franklin was a gorgeous, winsome lady full of sex appeal and charm who graced the movie screen and stages from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was a popular California chorus girl, dancer, and actress who appeared in popular nightclubs, soundies, race films, and black musical numbers featured in...
41 acting credits, 1936-1958.
54. Mabel Garrett
Actress | Veiled Aristocrats
Mabel Garrett has only had a few appearances in Oscar Micheaux's films like "Ten Minutes To Live" and "Veiled Aristocrats," but in her few scenes she was able to leave a lasting impression on all who've seen her. Mabel's vibrant, magnetic, charming personality and lively dancing surely must tell ...
2 acting credits, 1932
55. Minnie Gentry
Actress | Bad Lieutenant
Minnie Gentry was born on December 2, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Minnie Lee Watson. She was an actress, known for Bad Lieutenant (1992), Black Caesar (1973) and Come Back Charleston Blue (1972). She was married to Lloyd Gentry. She died on May 6, 1993 in New York, USA.
18 acting credits, from 1970-1992.
Born in 1915. Didn't start with films until 1970.
Great Grandmother of actor Terrence Howard.
Some Movies: The Brother from Another Planet, Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Broadway actress from 1946-1975.
Karamu Theater for over 60 years, intermittently.
56. Mildred Gover
Actress | Day-Time Wife
Mildred Gover was born on September 16, 1905 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She was an actress, known for Day-Time Wife (1939), Rise and Shine (1941) and Who Killed Gail Preston? (1938). She died on September 11, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actress, 52 credits. In films from 1931-1946, many uncredited.
Actress in Stella Dallas.
57. Jessica Grayson
Actress | The Little Foxes
Jessica Grayson was born on March 7, 1886 in Iowa, USA. She was an actress, known for The Little Foxes (1941), Homecoming (1948) and Cass Timberlane (1947). She died on February 27, 1953 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.
14 acting credits, 1939-1950.
1886-1953, 66 years.
58. Cora Green
Actress | Swing!
Cora Green began performing at the age of 14. She never had any formal training, but her natural contralto voice made her an immediate success. She teamed with blackface comedian William Pugh for several successful engagements, and while appearing at the notorious Panama Club in Chicago, joined ...
3 acting credits, '29,'38, '39.
59. Reri Grist
Actress | Der Barbier von Sevilla
Reri Grist was born on February 29, 1932 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Der Barbier von Sevilla (1968), How Much Do You Love Me? (2005) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1980). She has been married to Dr. Ulf Thomson since 1966.
1932 -. New York.
11 acting credits, 1956-1996. 3 soundtrack credits. 2 self credits.
60. Beulah Hall
Actress | The Realization of a Negro's Ambition
Beulah Hall was born on June 28, 1899 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She was an actress, known for The Realization of a Negro's Ambition (1916), Black Narcissus (1929) and A Trooper of Troop K (1917). She was married to Emitt Emanuel Wyndon. She died on October 8, 1952 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
4 acting credits, 1916-1934.
1899-1952, 53 years.
61. Consuelo Harris
Actress | Harlem on the Prairie
Attractive with plenty of personality and versatility, dancer Consuela Harris was the sensational and considered best of the shake, hot, swinging dancers in the 1930s. Consuela was a New York headliner and the darling of the night club patrons and crowds in the East and West who raved over her ...
3 acting credits, '37,'38
62. Georgette Harvey
Actress | Back Door to Heaven
Georgette Harvey was born on December 31, 1884 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Back Door to Heaven (1939), The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair (1939) and Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934). She died on February 17, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA.
4 acting credits, '34-'39.
63. Maggie Hathaway
Actress | Gang Smashers
Maggie Mae Hathaway was quite a lady, who had many talents, and in her every conquest she left a memorable mark. Maggie isn't as well-known as Lena Horne or Dorothy Dandridge, and she's been overlooked by movie historians and history books, but she definitely did her part by contributing her talent...
12 acting credits, 1938-1962.
Civil and equal rights activist. Wrote and recorded blues and jazz.
64. Cleo Herndon
Actress | Dark Manhattan
Cleo Herndon was born on June 29, 1908 in Falls County, Texas, USA as Cleopatra Herndon. She was an actress, known for Dark Manhattan (1937). She was married to Fred Pleasant. She died on June 2, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
7 acting credits, '34-'45.
65. Gertrude Howard
Actress | I'm No Angel
Gertrude Howard was born on October 13, 1892 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. She was an actress, known for I'm No Angel (1933), The Fighting Code (1933) and The Wet Parade (1932). She died on September 30, 1934 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
24 Acting credits, 1925-1934.
66. Olga James
Actress | Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones 4 acting credits, 1954-1972.
67. Eva Jessye
Actress | Black Like Me
Conductor and arranger, educated at Wilberforce University (MA), and Allen University (Mus. D.) She conducted the Eva Jessye Choir, with appearances in universities and colleges with symphony orchestras and in festivals throughout the United States and Europe. On Broadway, she appeared in the ...
4 acting credits, 1929-1969.
Has Mus.D. Conductor, arranger, television writer and director. Head of music department at Morgan State College. Hallelujah musical director, 1929.
68. Mae E. Johnson
Actress | Keep Punching
Mae Johnson became well-known within the black entertainment world in the 1930's and 1940's. Mae Johnson started her career performing in Harlem nightclubs. She was a sensational personality who had a lot of sex appeal but with class. She was a great singer and all around wonderful entertainer. She...
3 acting credits, 1937-1943.
Top performer in New York. 3 consecutive years as Most Outstanding Artist.
69. Mable Lee
Actress | O'Voutie O'Rooney
Mable Lee started dancing at the age of three and was still dancing past the age of eighty. She was performing in public at the age of four; by twelve she was dancing in night clubs in her native Atlanta. At nineteen, she went north to New York City where she got her first job dancing in the chorus...
10 acting credits, 1940-1948
70. Jeni Le Gon
Actress | I Walked with a Zombie
Born in 1916 in Chicago, Jeni Le Gon trained at Mary Bruce's School of Dancing and performed as a chorus girl, later in vaudeville, from age 16. In Hollywood she appeared in her debut film, Hooray for Love (1935), as dancing partner of the great Bill Robinson. Though primarily a dancer, Jeni sang ...
25 acting credits, 1936-2007.
Dance partner, Bill Robinson Opened a dance school in the 60s. Managed Dance and Drama Playhouse. Inducted into the International Tap Dance Hall of Fame in 2002.
71. Babe Matthews
Actress | Paradise in Harlem
Unsung great Babe Matthews was a fabulous singer of songs. She was quite capable of singing anything from blues, jazz, swing, gospel, rhythm and blues. She was a singer before her time, Aretha Franklin has nothing on her. Whatever Babe sang she put over with style, excellence, and much energy. She ...
3 acting credits, '34-'39.
72. Pearl McCormack
Actress | The Scar of Shame
Pearl McCormack was born on April 29, 1908 in Kingston, Jamaica as Leila Blandine McCormack. She was an actress, known for The Scar of Shame (1927), Phantom of Kenwood (1933) and Harlem After Midnight (1934). She was married to Paul Laguerre. She died on December 14, 2003 in Miami, Florida, USA.
3 acting credits, 1927-1934
73. Frances McHugh
Actress | Juke Joint
2 acting credits, '32,'47.
74. Ethel Moses
Actress | Birthright
In the 1920s and 1930s Ethel Moses was one of the most popular Harlem performer. Then she became the most popular, most recognizable, most beloved actress of Black cinema in the late 1930s and even to this day. Ethel Moses was what you might call a Harlem star. She was apart of the Golden Era of ...
8 acting credits, 1924-1939.
75. Lucia Lynn Moses
Actress | The Scar of Shame
Lucia Lynn Moses was born on December 23, 1908 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She was an actress, known for The Scar of Shame (1927). She died in October 1984 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA.
The Star of Shame, 1927
76. Florence O'Brien
Actress | Double Deal
Sexy comedienne Florence O'Brien stole many a scenes with her sassy, brassy comedy, much in the same way as Una Merkel, Patsy Kelly and Clara Bow. Her comedic talent was seen on screen in such independent black films as Double Deal (1939), Lady Luck (1942), While Thousands Cheer (1940), Mr. ...
19 acting credits, 1939-1947.
77. Hilda Offley
Actress | Miracle in Harlem
Hilda Offley was born on June 27, 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Hilda S. Offley. She was an actress, known for Miracle in Harlem (1948), Keep Punching (1939) and Sepia Cinderella (1947). She was married to Creighton Thompson. She died in May 1968 in New York City, New York, USA.
3 credits, '39,'47, '48
78. Bernice Pilot
Actress | My Bill
34 acting credits, from 1929-1947.
79. Amanda Randolph
Actress | The Danny Thomas Hour
Amanda Randolph was born on September 2, 1896 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She was an actress, known for The Danny Thomas Hour (1967), The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951) and Swing! (1938). She was married to Harry Hansberry. She died on August 24, 1967 in Duarte, California, USA.
46 acting credits, 1933-1967.
Recorded singer, played piano and sang blues.
80. Alice B. Russell
Actress | Easy Street
Alice B. Russell is better known as Oscar Micheaux's wife, but she played important parts in almost all of her husband's films. Alice usually played the sympathetic mother figure, a mature role model, a guardian angel to young naive ladies, etc. She was a wonderful emotional actress, never ...
11 acting credits, from 1927-1948.
Also credited in costume and wardrobe, producer, casting department, miscellaneous crew.
81. Emily Santos
Actress | Murder on Lenox Avenue
Emily Santos was one of the most beautiful showgirls, chorus girls, and models in the late 1930s and 1940s during the Golden Era of Harlem. She was a tall beauty who had poise, class, and allure that was so noticeable even in extra parts in the Black Cinema films she appeared in. Her beauty always ...
3 acting credits, '39.'40,'41
Actress | Sepia Cinderella
Gertrude Saunders was born on August 25, 1903 in North Carolina, USA. She was an actress, known for Sepia Cinderella (1947) and Big Timers (1945). She died in April 1991 in Beverly, Massachusetts, USA.
3 credits, '38,'45,'47.
83. Hazel Scott
Actress | I Dood It
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, classical and jazz musician Hazel Scott became one of America's premier pianists of her time. Born on June 11, 1920, this child prodigy first started tickling the ivories at age 3 under the guidance of her mother. She moved with her family to the U.S. in 1924 ...
9 acting credits, 1943-1970.
Something to Shout About. Child prodigy. Had her own TV show.
84. Hilda Sims
Actress | A Debt of Honour
Hilda Sims was born in 1881 in Edmonton, Middlesex, England. She was an actress, known for A Debt of Honour (1922), The Experiment (1922) and A Will of Her Own (1915). She died on December 25, 1934 in Westminster, London, England.
8 acting credits, 1915-1961.
85. Ethel Smith
Actress | The Prince of His Race
7 acting credits, from 1914 to 1929.
86. Mamie Smith
Soundtrack | Beginners
Mamie Smith was born on May 26, 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She was an actress, known for Beginners (2010), Paradise in Harlem (1939) and Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941). She was married to Jack Goldberg. She died on October 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA.
6 acting credits, 1929-1942.
Early blues singer.
87. Trixie Smith
Soundtrack | Blue Jasmine
Trixie Smith was born in 1895 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She died on September 21, 1943 in New York City, New York, USA.
5 acting credits, from 1932 to 1939.
1 soundtrack credit for Blue Jasmine, 2013.
88. Valaida Snow
Self | Take It from Me
Valaida Snow was the product of a musical family; her mother, a music teacher, taught Valaida and her sisters to play a wide variety of instruments, among them cello, bass, mandolin, violin, clarinet, saxophone and accordion. The girls also sang and danced, but when Valaida turned professional at ...
2 acting credits, 1937, 1938.
Trumpeter, arranger. Played many instruments. Toured Europe. Captured by German Forces and interred in concentration camp.
Actress | Maid of Salem
Madame Sul-Te-Wan was born on March 7, 1873 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Nellie Wan. She was an actress, known for Maid of Salem (1937), In Old Chicago (1938) and Safari (1940). She was married to Robert Reed Conley. She died on February 1, 1959 in Hollywood, California, USA.
56 acting credits, 1915-1958.
90. Libby Taylor
Actress | Another Part of the Forest
Libby Taylor was born on April 20, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Elizabeth A.Taylor . She was an actress, known for Another Part of the Forest (1948), Belle of the Nineties (1934) and Stage Struck (1936). She died on August 23, 1961 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
63 acting credits, 1932-1953.
The Great McGinty
91. Anita Thompson
Actress | A Man's Duty
Anita Thompson was born on March 28, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Anita Beatrice Thompson. She was an actress, known for A Man's Duty (1919) and By Right of Birth (1921). She was married to Guy Reynolds, Dwight Lloyd Dickinson and Charles Henri Ford. She died in December 1980 in Christiansted,...
2 acting credits, 1919,1921
92. Mae Turner
Actress | Life Goes On
Attractive Mae Turner was one of the top femme fatales, vamps, and hussies of Black Cinema in the 1930s. She usually played the woman who was the ruin of a man. She was a fine actress who perfected the "woman you love to hate" role and do you wrong and smile a devilish, crooked smile. She was like ...
4 acting credits, 1938-1940.
University of California graduate.
Actress | Swing!
Dorothy Van Engle was Oscar Micheaux's most beautiful and talented actress, and he used her in most of his important films: Harlem After Midnight (1934), Murder in Harlem (1935), God's Step Children (1938) and Swing! (1938). She was a favorite of black audiences and her beauty and natural, ...
4 acting credits, 1934-1938.
Excellent seamstress, made her own costumes.
Actress | Torch Singer
The name Mildred Washington isn't remembered but she appeared in under 15 films in small parts but her presence, finesse, beauty and vivacious personality wasn't small. Mildred was a beautiful, curvaceous, popular Black actress and dancer in the 1920s and 1930s. She started on the stage appearing ...
12 acting credits, from 1927-1933.
Actress | King of the Zombies
Gorgeous, versatile Marguerite Whitten (aka Margaret Whitten) was a wonderful, natural actress of "the golden era" of Hollywood and of black cinema. She had a sweet, likable presence on screen and her performances were always enjoyable. Margaret was a fine actress, never having to overact to ...
14 acting credits, '38-'43.
Actress | The Jerk
Frances E. Williams was born on September 7, 1905 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for The Jerk (1979), Frank's Place (1987) and Together Brothers (1974). She died on January 2, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
38 acting credits, 1939-1994.
97. Gladys Williams
Actress | The Notorious Elinor Lee
2 credits, '39,'40
98. Eunice Wilson
Actress | No Time for Romance
Eunice Wilson was one of the top entertainers of the 1930s of Black Entertainment. She was called the best. An exceptional song and dance girl she was, her dancing reminds you of Michael Jackson. She was an example of what hot/swing dancing was all about added with class. She was the definition of ...
3 credits, '35-'48