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Actors and Actresses

Actors and Actresses   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
6,674 words

Latinos and Latinas have been a part of the Hollywood film industry since Cecil B. DeMille brought his Lasky Players

Actors and Actresses

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Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Regional and National History
Length:
3,410 words
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2

The first image of an African American in film occurred in 1903 with the silent movie Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Alvin Childress

Alvin Childress  

(b. 10 September 1907; d. 19 April 1986),actor and comedian. Alvin Childress, best known for his portrayal of Amos Jones in the controversial television version of the Amos ’n’ ...
Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett  

(b. 16 August 1958),television, stage, and film actor. The Oscar-nominated actor Angela Bassett has managed to attain success while maintaining personal integrity and social conscience. Although her ...
Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith  

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(b. 1950), actress and playwright.The African‐American performer was born in Baltimore and educated at Beaver College and American Conservatory Theatre, where she became a member of the acting ...
Beyoncé

Beyoncé  

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Music
B. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. Knowles made her initial impact on the international music scene as the leader of the hugely successful urban group Destiny’s ...
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby  

(b. 12 July 1937),comedian, actor, philanthropist. When Bill Cosby, the wealthy, well-educated, mild-mannered comedian, goes on stage and begins a monologue of funny stories relating to his ...
Chris Rock

Chris Rock  

(b. 7 February 1966),stand-up comedian and screen actor, also credited as a director and film producer. Christopher Julius Rock III was born in Andrews, South Carolina, to Julius and ...
dance

dance  

Dance attendance on do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests.dance of death a medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, ...
Danny Glover

Danny Glover  

(b. 22 July 1946),actor, film director, and humanitarian activist. Born in San Francisco, California, Danny Lebern Glover became one of the most acclaimed actor-activists of the late twentieth and ...
Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington  

(b. 28 December 1954),actor, director, and humanitarian. Denzel Jermaine Washington Jr. was born in Mount Vernon, New York. His minister father's passionate performances in the pulpit and hours spent ...
Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll  

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Music
(1935– ).Stage, film, and television performer. The sleek, classy, African American beauty of concerts, nightclubs, and television made two memorable Broadway musical appearances: as the young ...
Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge  

(b. 9 November 1923; d. 8 September 1965), actor.Dorothy Dandridge was not the first black woman to star in Hollywood films. Nina Mae McKinney, Fredi Washington, and Ethel Waters ...
Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt  

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Music
(1928– ).Stage, television, and film performer. The durable African American singer–actress with a feline demeanor and a unique, resonating voice, she has been a longtime favorite in cabarets and ...
Eddie Anderson

Eddie Anderson  

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Music
(b. 18 September 1905; d. 28 February 1977),actor and comedian. Anderson's character Rochester, the manservant in the Jack Benny radio shows and films of the 1930s and 1940s and ...
Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy  

(b. 3 April 1961),performer. Murphy has been one of Hollywood's most prolific talents. He was born in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian Murphy and Charles ...
Entertainment Industry and African Americans

Entertainment Industry and African Americans  

African American entertainment traditions were well established by 1890. The first black theater was the African Grove in New York, founded in 1821 and featuring Ira Aldridge, one of the ...
Ethel Waters

Ethel Waters  

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Subject:
Music
(1896–1977)African-American singer and actress who began her career in Philadelphia, literally stopping the show with her rendition of ‘St Louis Blues’. Eight years later she was billed as ‘Sweet ...
Film and television 2: Film-makers and actors

Film and television 2: Film-makers and actors  

Definitions of black films and black television programmes have varied over time. In the 1980s the issue was to conquer media space for distinctly black representations, and cultural critics like ...
Halle Berry

Halle Berry  

(b. 14 August 1968), actor, producer, model.In 2002 the highest honor for a film actor, the Oscar, was awarded for the first time to an African American female, Halle ...

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