Famous African American Actresses The World Really Admires

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 2 Halle Berry

Halle Berry
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 3 Diana Ross

Diana Ross
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 4 Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 16, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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 5 Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: March 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 6 Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 7 Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: May 28, 2014
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 8 Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 9 Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 10 Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 11 Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 12 Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 13 Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler
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Famous As: Actress, TV Host
Birthdate: September 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 14 Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 15 Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grinnell, Iowa
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 16 Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 17 Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 18 Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 19 Grace Jones

Grace Jones
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spanish Town
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 20 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died: September 8, 1965

 21 Lena Horne

Lena Horne
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant
Died: May 9, 2010
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 22 Donna Summer

Donna Summer
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 17, 2012
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 23 Tia Mowry

Tia Mowry
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gelnhausen, Germany
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 24 Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wichita
Died: October 26, 1952

 25 Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson
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Famous As: Child Actress
Birthdate: April 8, 2002
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City

 26 Meagan Good

Meagan Good
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 27 Tamera Mowry

Tamera Mowry
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gelnhausen, West Germany
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 28 Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 29 Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 30 China Anne McClain

China Anne McClain
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 31 Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 32 Jill Scott

Jill Scott
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 33 Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City
Died: October 4, 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 34 Mj Rodriguez

Mj Rodriguez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 35 Laura Harrier

Laura Harrier
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 36 Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russellville, Alabama, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 37 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 38 Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 39 Madison Pettis

Madison Pettis
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress, Voice Actress, Celebrity Model
Birthdate: July 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arlington, Texas, USA

 40 Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 41 Retta

Retta
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 42 Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 43 Michelle Wolf

Michelle Wolf
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hershey, Pennsylvania, U.S.

 44 Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Robbins, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 45 Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodlawn, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 46 Tichina Arnold

Tichina Arnold
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 47 Naturi Naughton

Naturi Naughton
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Television actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Orange

 48 Quvenzhané Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 2003
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Louisiana, USA

 49 Susan Kelechi Watson

Susan Kelechi Watson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.

 50 Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore
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Famous As: Actress & Model
Birthdate: January 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)