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.

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Birthday: 16 August 1958
Born In: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5′4″
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.'

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Birthday: 11 September 1970
Born In: Washington, D.C., United States
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5′5″
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.

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Birthday: 11 August 1965
Born In: St. Matthews, South Carolina, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5′5″
Viola Davis is the first black actor to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting; she won an Academy Award for the movie 'Fences', Primetime Emmy for TV seies 'How To Get Away With Murder' and Tony Award for the play 'Fences'.

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Birthday: 31 January 1977
Born In: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5′4″
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.

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Birthday: 14 August 1966
Born In: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Sun Sign: Leo
Height: 5′5″
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'.