Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • Alfre Woodard
  • Lena Horne
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Queen Latifah
  • Monique
  • Regina King
  • Nia Long
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Nicole Berharie
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Diana Ross
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ruby Dee
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Halle Berry
  • Viola Davis
  • Lonette McKee
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Kerry Washington
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Pam Grier
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Thandie Newton

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge became the first Black woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar with her role in the musical Carmen Jones with Harry Belafonte. She would also rejoin Belafonte in Island in the Sun and star in the classic Black musical Porgy and Bess. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)