Actresses 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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Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Zoe Saldana age 39

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Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Salma Hayek age 51

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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Viola Davis age 50

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Halle Berry age 51

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

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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
lolavastel added Zendaya age 21

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

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lucy Liu age 47

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Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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

The Best Actors in Film History

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

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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Eva Mendes age 44

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

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Queen Latifah age 48

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Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Nia Long age 47

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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Jessica Alba age 36

The Hottest Celebrities of All Time

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Beyoncé is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Pam Grier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Pam Grier age 68

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

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

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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Eva Longoria age 43

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lisa Bonet age 48

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Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Alfre Woodard age 65

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Tracee Ellis Ross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lena Horne Died at 93 (1917-2010)

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Hannah Simone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Hannah Simone age 37

Celebrities Who Weren't Born Where You Think

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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Zhang Ziyi age 39

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Oprah Winfrey age 64

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Rita Moreno age 86

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

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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Cicely Tyson age 84

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Constance Wu age 30

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Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Ruby Dee Died at 92 (1922-2014)

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dorothy Dandridge Died at 43 (1922-1965)

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Vivica A. Fox age 53

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Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Kelly Marie Tran

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Andrea Navedo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Andrea Navedo

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Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Hattie McDaniel Died at 57 (1895-1952)