Passing the Torch: Iconic Stars and Their Successors

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Halle Berry and Ruby Dee

Both of these beautiful and groundbreaking actresses were born in Cleveland, Ohio and went on to have a transformative impact on Hollywood. Dee has been recognized by practically every awards show in existence, from the Grammys to a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 2004 Oscars for American Gangster. Berry, of course, became the first Black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar. The two have collaborated on a number of projects, including the television film Their Eyes Were Watching God and Spike Lee's Jungle Fever.

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