Top 25 Best Black Actresses

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  • 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
  • Alfre Woodard
  • Lena Horne
  • Dorothy Dandridge
  • Queen Latifah
  • Monique
  • Regina King
  • Nia Long
  • Jennifer Hudson

Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Mammy in Gone With the Wind. She also starred on radio and TV and in over 30 other films. (Photo: John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)