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

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114 41
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 39

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141 58
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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142 60
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52

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

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

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83 34
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 49

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

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

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

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58 29
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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66 39
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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

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

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

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Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

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54 35
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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50 36
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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Tracee Ellis Ross is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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

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

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Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 30

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

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Lena Horne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)

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

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

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Rita Moreno is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 86

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29 21
Lisa Bonet is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 50

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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Alfre Woodard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 65

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34 27
Cicely Tyson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 84

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33 27
America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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31 26
Zhang Ziyi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 39

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18 13
Hannah Simone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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34 30
Vanessa Hudgens is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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24 20
Kelly Marie Tran is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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25 22
Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 43 (1922-1965)

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25 23
Ruby Dee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
Dec. at 92 (1922-2014)

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25 24
Gabourey Sidibe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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23 22
Vivica A. Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 53

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27 28
Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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13 13
Andrea Navedo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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22 24
Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

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