VOTE 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
age 52

2
174 72
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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130 48
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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175 75
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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137 54
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 40

6
107 42
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 50

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124 53
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52

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108 44
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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129 58
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 53

10
105 43
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

11
111 49
Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

12
106 47
Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

13
114 54
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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76 35
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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84 41
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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71 33
Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44

17
74 42
Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 37

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77 46
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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67 39
Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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52 29
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 30

21
64 41
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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56 35
Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

23
63 42
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

24
56 36
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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63 46
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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