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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193 81
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

2
158 63
Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52

3
151 60
Zoe Saldana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 40

4
194 85
Priyanka Chopra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

5
145 58
Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
lolavastel added age 19

6
149 62
Viola Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 53

7
124 48
Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

8
130 53
Octavia Spencer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

9
139 59
Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 52

10
119 48
Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 50

11
130 60
Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

12
115 51
Penélope Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

13
97 42
Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

14
117 56
Rosario Dawson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

15
82 36
Eva Mendes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 44

16
84 41
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

17
88 50
Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

18
63 32
Constance Wu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 27

19
81 47
Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 37

20
77 44
Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

21
72 43
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

22
66 39
Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses

23
72 45
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

24
62 37
Nia Long is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 48

25
59 40
Eva Longoria is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Non-White Actresses
age 43