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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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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201 85
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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201 89
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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157 64
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 50
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153 62
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 40
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128 48
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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159 67
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52
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125 48
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 47
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142 59
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52
10
132 53
Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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131 61
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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117 52
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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121 56
Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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99 42
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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85 36
Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44
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89 41
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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90 51
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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65 32
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 27
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78 44
Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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82 48
Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 37
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73 43
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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74 45
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48
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66 39
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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63 37
Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48
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Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
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