The Best Black Actresses of All Time
People of color have always been underrepresented in the field of entertainment, and the situation of black women in the arena has been especially difficult. Women in Hollywood have always had to struggle to get more substantial roles and a pay scale at par with the male stars, and these issues have been even more pronounced for black actresses! Only a gutsy black woman who possesses a strong character along with beauty and acting skills can make it big in glamorous Hollywood! Check out the best black actresses of all time.
Birthday: 14 August 1966
Born In: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
In 2002, Halle Berry became the only actress of African-American origin to win the 'Academy Award for Best Actress.' She received the award for her portrayal of 'Leticia Musgrove' in the 2001 romantic drama film 'Monster's Ball'.
Birthday: 16 August 1958
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
Angela Bassett is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as the 'Golden Globe Award,' 'Black Reel Awards,' and 'Screen Actors Guild Award.' In 2008, she was inducted into the 'Hollywood Walk of Fame.'
Birthday: 31 January 1977
Born In: Bronx, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Thanks to her impeccable acting skills, Kerry Washington has won several awards, such as 'Black Reel Awards' and 'NAACP Image Awards'. In 2014, she was named in 'Time' magazine's 'Time 100' list.
Birthday: 11 September 1970
Born In: Washington, D.C., United States
Sun Sign: Virgo
Taraji P. Henson has a successful acting career in television and movies. Her big break came in the form of 'Baby Boy.' Her performance in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' fetched her nominations for Academy Award, Golden Globe Award am,' and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
5. Octavia Spencer
Birthday: 25 May 1972
Born In: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Sun Sign: Gemini
Winner of several awards, which include an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, Octavia Spencer is the first black actress to receive two consecutive Academy Award nominations. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie 'The Help'.