Famous African American Actresses The World Really Admires

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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.
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 1 
Halle Berry
(Only African-American Woman To Win Oscar for Best Actress)
Halle Berry
88
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
 2 
Mary J. Blige
(Rapper, and Actress Known as "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul")
Mary J. Blige
39
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
 3 
Zoë Kravitz
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in 'The Divergent' and 'Fantastic Beasts' Film Series)
Zoë Kravitz
63
Birthdate: December 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 4 
Dionne Warwick
(One of the Most-Charted Vocalists of All Time)
Dionne Warwick
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 5 
Gladys Knight
(Singer-Songwriter)
Gladys Knight
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 6 
Kerry Washington
(Actress and Producer Famous for Her Portrayal of ‘Olivia Pope’ in the Drama Series ‘Scandal’)
Kerry Washington
17
Birthdate: January 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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 7 
Patti LaBelle
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 8 
Octavia Spencer
(The First Black Actress to Have Received two Successive Nominations at the Oscars)
Octavia Spencer
28
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 9 
Rashida Jones
(Actress, Writer & Producer, Best Known for Starring on the Comedy Series 'Parks and Recreation')
Rashida Jones
34
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 10 
Aisha Tyler
(Actress, TV Host)
Aisha Tyler
13
Birthdate: September 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 11 
Donna Summer
(Singer-Songwriter)
Donna Summer
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 12 
Lena Horne
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her One-Woman Show 'Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music')
Lena Horne
5
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Died: May 9, 2010
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 13 
Vivica A. Fox
(Actress)
Vivica A. Fox
9
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 14 
Leslie Jones
(Comedian)
Leslie Jones
27
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 15 
Jill Scott
(Singer-songwriter)
Jill Scott
10
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 16 
Debbie Allen
(Actress Best Known for Her Work in the Musical-Drama Television Series 'Fame')
Debbie Allen
8
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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 17 
Corinne Foxx
(Actress and Television Producer)
Corinne Foxx
6
Birthdate: February 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Nichelle Nichols
5
Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Robbins, Illinois, United States
Died: July 30, 2022
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 19 
Laura Harrier
(Actress)
Laura Harrier
8
Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 20 
Ariana DeBose
(Actress, Singer)
Ariana DeBose
1
Birthdate: January 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
 21 
Jurnee Smollett
1
Birthdate: October 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 22 
Mj Rodriguez
(Actress)
Mj Rodriguez
5
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 23 
Sonequa Martin-Green
13
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russellville, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 24 
Jasmine Guy
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role in the Series 'School Daze' and 'A Different World')
Jasmine Guy
6
Birthdate: March 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 25 
Retta
(Stand-up Comedian)
Retta
1
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 26 
Ruby Dee
(Actress and Civil Rights Activist Known for Her Pioneering Work in African American Theatre and Films)
Ruby Dee
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 11, 2014
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 27 
Loretta Devine
11
Birthdate: August 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 28 
Lena Waithe
(Screenwriter)
Lena Waithe
10
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 29 
Kiersey Clemons
3
Birthdate: December 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 30 
Karyn Parsons
(Known for Her Role as 'Hilary Banks' on The NBC Sitcom 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air')
Karyn Parsons
2
Birthdate: October 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 31 
Kyla Pratt
(Actress)
Kyla Pratt
3
Birthdate: September 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 32 
Michelle Wolf
(Comedian)
Michelle Wolf
1
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 33 
Mo'Nique
(Comedian)
Mo'Nique
6
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Tichina Arnold
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 35 
Alisha Wainwright
(Actress role for Raising Dion (2019) and Shadowhunters.)
Alisha Wainwright
7
Birthdate: July 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States
 36 
Kenya Moore
(Actress & Model)
Kenya Moore
7
Birthdate: January 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 37 
Madge Sinclair
3
Birthdate: April 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: December 20, 1995
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 38 
Danielle Brooks
9
Birthdate: September 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 39 
Naturi Naughton
(Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Television actor)
Naturi Naughton
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Orange
 40 
Susan Kelechi Watson
1
Birthdate: November 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.
 41 
Kimberly Elise
5
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 42 
Aja Naomi King
7
Birthdate: January 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 43 
S. Epatha Merkerson
(Film Actress)
S. Epatha Merkerson
8
Birthdate: November 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 44 
Jackée Harry
(Actress, Comedian, and Television Personality Known for Her Role as ‘Sandra Clark’ in the TV Series ‘227’)
Jackée Harry
5
Birthdate: August 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 45 
Angelica Ross
(Businessperson)
Angelica Ross
6
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 46 
Adina Porter
(Actress)
Adina Porter
4
Birthdate: March 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 47 
Loni Love
(Stand-up Comedian and Host Known for Her Shows 'The Real', 'I Love the 2000s' and 'Star Search')
Loni Love
5
Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 48 
Logan Browning
1
Birthdate: June 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 49 
Sharon Leal
(Actress)
Sharon Leal
0
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 50 
Isabel Sanford
4
Birthdate: August 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2004
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)