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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128 49
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 51

2
155 66
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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126 49
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 39

4
152 65
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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99 38
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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107 45
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
lolavastel added age 21

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94 37
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 47

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121 55
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52

9
97 40
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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112 50
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 51

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105 46
Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

12
100 43
Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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110 51
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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79 38
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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69 33
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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65 31
Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44

17
73 43
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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67 39
Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 36

19
62 36
Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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54 31
Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 47

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60 37
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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61 40
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

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45 27
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 27

24
49 33
Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 43

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50 34
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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56 42
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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46 33
Tracee Ellis Ross is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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43 31
Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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44 32
Regina King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44

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42 31
Pam Grier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 68

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37 27
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 36

32
43 33
Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 64

33
36 27
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)

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42 33
Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 63

35
27 20
Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Kelly Marie Tran

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30 23
Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

37
36 29
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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38 31
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

39
35 29
Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 84

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30 24
Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 86

41
34 29
America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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20 15
Hannah Simone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added age 37

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26 23
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Died at 43 (1922-1965)

44
26 23
Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 53

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26 24
Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Died at 92 (1922-2014)

46
28 29
Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

47
26 27
Gabourey Sidibe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

48
24 25
Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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14 14
Andrea Navedo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added age 38

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22 26
Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 57 (1895-1952)