Francine Everett (April 13, 1915 – May 27, 1999) was an African-American actress and singer who is best known for her performances in race films, independently produced motion pictures with all-black casts that were created exclusively for distribution to cinemas that catered to African American audiences.
Angela Bassett, actress. ....who should have won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in "What's Love Got To Do With It?".... just sayin'. However, she was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the film.
Dorothy Dandridge, -- Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award
Isabel Sanford (August 29, 1917 – July 9, 2004) was an American stage, film and television actress best known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Jefferson on the CBS sitcoms All in the Family (1971–1975) and The Jeffersons (1975–1985). She was the first African American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Cicely Tyson answers a reporters questions on the red carpet as she arrives at the #Oscars on March 27, 1973. Ms. Tyson was nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in the film, Sounder". She and Diana Ross made history that year as the first Black actresses nominated in the Best Actress category in the same year. Photo: Frank Diernhammer/Conde Nast Archives.