The world has generally been obsessed with blue-eyed, fair-skinned blondes. However, over the years, several actresses of African American descent have taken the world of glamor by storm and proved that ‘dusky is beautiful too’. The past few decades have seen the rise of several beautiful actresses of African American actresses, who have grabbed the limelight for both their drop-dead gorgeous looks and their acting prowess. Yesteryear actresses like Diahann Caroll and Dorothy Dandridge were one among the first few divas who became heartthrobs. They also inspired a whole generation of actresses to enter tinsel town and many young girls to look fabulous. Diahann Caroll earned a lot of acclaim for her performances in Broadway musicals. She went on to work in the acclaimed television series ‘Julia’ later, for which she even fetched the prestigious ‘Golden Globe Award’. A few other famous African American actresses are Halle Berry, Whoppi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Vanessa L Williams. Currently, Halle Berry is still considered hot property by many and has been making men weak in their knees. She is best known for her roles in the James Bond spy thriller ‘Die Another Day’, ‘Monster Ball’, ‘The Flintstones’ and several other acclaimed Hollywood blockbusters. Whoppi Goldberg has been praised for her great comic timing and her ability to leave audiences in splits. You will find below a list of famous African American actresses admired worldwide. Some of them continue being popular even after being away from the limelight since decades.
Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963, American
Singer
Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey
29 January 1954, American
Media proprietor

Queen LatifahQueen Latifah
18 March 1970, American
Rapper

Diana RossDiana Ross
26 March 1944, American
American singer

Halle BerryHalle Berry
14 August 1966, American
Actress

Zoe SaldanaZoe Saldana
19 June 1978, American
Actress
Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi Goldberg
13 November 1955, American
 

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou
04 April 1928, American
Poet

Janet JacksonJanet Jackson
16 May 1966, American
Singer-Songwriter
Angela BassettAngela Bassett
16 August 1958, American
Actress

Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson
11 September 1970, American
Actress
Aisha TylerAisha Tyler
18 September 1970, American
Actress, TV Host

Grace JonesGrace Jones
19 May 1948, Jamaican, American
Model

Skai JacksonSkai Jackson
08 April 2002, American
Child Actress

Meagan GoodMeagan Good
08 August 1981, American
Actress

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917, American
Singer
Keke PalmerKeke Palmer
26 August 1993, American
Actress

Jordin SparksJordin Sparks
22 December 1989, American
Singer-songwriter

Tia MowryTia Mowry
06 July 1978, American
Actress

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American
Actress
Diahann CarrollDiahann Carroll
17 July 1935, American
Actress

Tamera MowryTamera Mowry
06 July 1978, American
Actress
China Anne McClainChina Anne McClain
25 August 1998, American
Actress, Singer

Patti LaBellePatti LaBelle
24 May 1944, American
Singer

Danai GuriraDanai Gurira
14 February 1978, American, Zimbabwean
Actress
Wanda SykesWanda Sykes
07 March 1964, American
Actress

Hattie McDanielHattie McDaniel
10 June 1895, American
Actress
Madison Michell PettisMadison Pettis
22 July 1998, American
Actress, Voice Actress, Celebrity Model

Kenya MooreKenya Moore
24 January 1971, American
Actress & Model

Tichina ArnoldTichina Arnold
28 June 1969, American
 
Quvenzhané WallisQuvenzhané Wallis
28 August 2003, American
Child Actor

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Kellita SmithKellita Smith
15 January 1969, American
Model, Actress, Comedian
Abbey LincolnAbbey Lincoln
06 August 1930, American
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist

Ms. Juicy BabyMs. Juicy Baby
04 January 1972, American
Actress

Leslie JonesLeslie Jones
07 September 1967, American
Comedian

Octavia SpencerOctavia Spencer
25 May 1972, American
Actress
Donna SummerDonna Summer
31 December 1948, American
Singer-Songwriter
Gladys KnightGladys Knight
28 May 1944, American
Singer-Songwriter

Vivica A. FoxVivica A. Fox
30 July 1964, American
Actress

Sonequa Martin-GreenSonequa Martin-Green
21 March 1985, American
Actress

RettaRetta
12 April 1970, American
Stand-up Comedian
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
16 January 1950, American
Actress

Nichelle NicholsNichelle Nichols
28 December 1932, American
Actress

Kiersey ClemonsKiersey Clemons
17 December 1993, American
Actress

Kimberly EliseKimberly Elise
17 April 1967, American
Actress

Lena WaitheLena Waithe
17 May 1984, American
Screenwriter
Aja Naomi KingAja Naomi King
11 January 1985, American
Actress

Laura HarrierLaura Harrier
28 March 1990, American
Actress
Naturi NaughtonNaturi Naughton
20 May 1984, American
Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Television

Mj RodriguezMj Rodriguez
07 January 1991, American
Actress

S. Epatha MerkersonS. Epatha Merkerson
28 November 1952, American
Film Actress
Susan Kelechi WatsonSusan Kelechi Watson
11 November 1981, American
Actress

Jill ScottJill Scott
04 April 1972, American
Singer-songwriter
Loni LoveLoni Love
12 July 1971, American
Comedian

Angelica RossAngelica Ross
28 November 1980, American
Businessperson

Mo'NiqueMo'Nique
11 December 1967, American
Comedian

LuenellLuenell
12 March 1959, American
Actress

Adina PorterAdina Porter
13 March 1971
Actress
Danielle BrooksDanielle Brooks
17 September 1989, American
Actress

Karen Malina WhiteKaren Malina White
07 July 1965, American
Actress

Jurnee Smollett-BellJurnee Smollett-Bell
01 October 1986, American
Actress

Michelle WolfMichelle Wolf
21 June 1985, American
Comedian
Logan BrowningLogan Browning
09 June 1989, American
Actress

Misty StoneMisty Stone
26 March 1986, American
Actress
Jessica WilliamsJessica Williams
31 July 1989, American
Actress

Yvonne OrjiYvonne Orji
02 December 1983, Nigerian, American
Actress

Chip FieldsChip Fields
05 August 1951, American
Actress
Annie IlonzehAnnie Ilonzeh
23 August 1983, American
Actress

Margaret AveryMargaret Avery
20 January 1944, American
Actress
Mabel KingMabel King
25 December 1932, American
Actress

T'Keyah Crystal KeymahT'Keyah Crystal Keymah
13 October 1962, American
Actress

Traci BinghamTraci Bingham
13 January 1968, American
Actress
Amanda WarrenAmanda Warren
17 July 1982, American
Actress

Jane WhiteJane White
30 October 1922, American
Actress
Mona LisaMona Lisa
20 November 1979, American
Singer-Songwriter