Celebrities in Blackface

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  • Ted Danson
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Bert Williams
  • Billy Crystal
  • Cyndi Lauper
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • John Slattery
  • Judy Garland
  • Tommy Davidson

Bert Williams

A groundbreaking entertainer who was at one point the highest-earning Vaudevillian of his time, this turn-of-the-century Bajan performer frequently performed in blackface. "A black face, run-down shoes and elbow-out makeup give me a place to hide," he once said of his complex relationship with his largely-white audience.

(Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress)

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