actors The Greatest Non-White Actresses  

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List Rules Vote up any great actress who is a person of color.

In 1939, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She was recognized for her work in Gone With the Wind, a role that remained her most famous credit throughout her career. Hattie McDaniel helped blaze a trail for many non-white actresses that followed. Some of the best non-white actresses thrive in dramas, while other great actresses specialize in comedies. Many of the greatest non-white actresses, like McDaniel, have received Academy Award nominations for their performances.

Who will you find on this list of the best non-white actresses? Halle Berry made history in 2002 when she became the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Academy Award. Viola Davis is also one of the most talented non-white actresses to ever grace the silver screen. Lucy Liu is a favorite in action films and beyond with memorable roles in films like Kill Bill and Charlie's Angels. Other great actresses who are featured on this list include Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington, and Michelle Rodriguez.

Which performances will stand the test of time? Keep reading and decide which star deserves the top spot on this list. Vote your favorite performers up to number one and add any notable people who are missing.
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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Salma Hayek age 50

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Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Zoe Saldana age 38

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Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Halle Berry age 50

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Viola Davis age 51

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Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Regina King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Regina King age 46

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Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lena Horne Died at 93 (1917-2010)

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Cicely Tyson age 83

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Pam Grier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Pam Grier age 67

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Alfre Woodard age 64

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Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Nia Long age 46

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Rita Moreno age 85

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Eva Mendes age 43

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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lucy Liu age 48

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Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Queen Latifah age 47

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Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Hattie McDaniel Died at 57 (1895-1952)

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dorothy Dandridge Died at 43 (1922-1965)

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Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Ruby Dee Died at 92 (1922-2014)

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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Jessica Alba age 35

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Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lisa Bonet age 49

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Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Tracee Ellis Ross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Zhang Ziyi age 38

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America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Gabourey Sidibe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Eva Longoria age 42

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Laura Harring is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Laura Harring age 53

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S. Epatha Merkerson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Marianne Jean-Baptiste is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Mo'Nique Imes-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Vivica A. Fox age 52

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Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Oprah Winfrey age 63

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Constance Wu age 29

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Fernanda Montenegro is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses