Renowned Black actors/actresses in Hollywood

We all know how actors and actresses have been part of our life. They’re movies and series give us joy, and we look up into them as we grow. They are the voices of some who are afraid to speak out. Some of them stand for small people out there and lend a hand to those who seek helps. We all know how these people have a massive connection to higher individuals and how their influence can help everyone.

Even with some of their Success some or most have struggle with the recognition that they deserve, read here about it

But do you know that these actors and actresses also had done something we don’t know? Besides being helpful and voice, they also had a significant contribution to their industry. I think it’s time for us to learn and celebrates their essential milestone in life too.

Below are lists of different actors or actresses who made history in the industry.

Hattie McDaniel

Born on June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952, Daniel made it to Oscar and wins for best-supporting actress in her role in 1940 movie Mammy in Gone with the Wind. Also, she was the first African American woman who received an award.

Ethel Waters

Born on October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977, the first black actress to be nominated in Emmy for her guest appearance on the “Goodnight Sweet Blues” episode of Route 66.

Josephine Baker

Born on June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975, in 1934, Josephine was the first black woman that star in a major motion picture, Zouzou, but known for her refusal to perform for segregated audiences in America. She refused because she had work in the Civil Rights Movement, which I think is fair enough.

Dorothy Dandridge

Born on November 9, 1922-September 8, 1965, she was the first black American that was nominated for best actress for an Academy Award in her starring role in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. She was one of the world’s famous beauties, and she was featured as the first black woman on the cover of Life magazine.

Cicely Tyson

Born on December 19, 1933, known for the first black woman who received an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie for her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974. In 2013, her role in the play “The Trip to Bountiful”;  was awarded as the oldest actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance.

Diahann Carroll

Born on July 17, 1935, the actress got a spot as the first black woman who had starred in her TV series, Julia, in 1968. Besides, in 1969, she received an award Golden Globe, and in the next year, she was nominated in Emmy.

Trina Parks

December 26, 1947, the actress was the first black American who starred in the James Bond girl. She was a total performer during her time, singer, dancer, actress; she was one behind the choreography of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, The Wiz.

These black actresses are just a few of more people known around the world of its contribution to the industry. 

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