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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Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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

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

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Halle Berry age 50

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36 20
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Zoe Saldana age 38

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

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Salma Hayek age 50

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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lucy Liu age 47

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Regina King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Regina King age 44

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

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Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Cicely Tyson age 82

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lena Horne Died at 93 (1917-2010)

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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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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Alfre Woodard age 63

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Queen Latifah age 47

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Pam Grier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Pam Grier age 67

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Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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

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

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Rita Moreno age 84

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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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Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Ruby Dee Died at 92 (1922-2014)

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Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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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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Hattie McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dorothy Dandridge Died at 43 (1922-1965)

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Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Lisa Bonet age 49

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Andrea Navedo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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Hannah Simone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Hannah Simone age 36

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Ivonne Coll is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Liz_NPP added Ivonne Coll age 68

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Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Zhang Ziyi age 36

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11 14
Gabourey Sidibe 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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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Eva Longoria age 42

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

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

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S. Epatha Merkerson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Vivica A. Fox age 52