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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139 52
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 49

2
167 69
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

3
164 68
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

4
133 53
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 37

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117 46
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
lolavastel added age 21

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104 41
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 47

7
106 43
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

8
104 43
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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126 58
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 50

10
110 48
Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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117 53
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 51

12
103 46
Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

13
113 54
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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83 40
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

15
74 35
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

16
70 33
Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44

17
72 41
Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 36

18
77 45
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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67 38
Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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63 39
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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56 34
Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 45

22
50 29
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 27

23
62 42
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 45

24
54 36
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

25
62 44
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
lj418251 added age 36 -

She is the best

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47 32
Quvenzhané Wallis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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50 36
Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 43

28
46 33
Regina King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44

29
47 34
Tracee Ellis Ross is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

30
39 27
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 36

31
31 20
Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Kelly Marie Tran

32
46 35
Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 61

33
42 32
Pam Grier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 66

34
36 27
Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Died at 93 (1917-2010)

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42 34
Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 65

36
31 24
Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

37
32 25
Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 86

38
36 29
America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

39
36 29
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

40
39 32
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

41
35 29
Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 84

42
20 15
Hannah Simone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added age 35

43
27 23
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 43 (1922-1965)

44
27 24
Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Died at 92 (1922-2014)

45
26 23
Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 53

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

50
23 26
Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 57 (1895-1952)