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Sat, 07.02.1927 story

Brock Peters, a twentieth century actor

Brock Peters, an African American actor, was born on this date in 1927.

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Sun, 02.26.1933 story

Unique stage and screen talents, Godfrey Cambridge

*On this date in 1933, Godfrey Cambridge was born. He was an African American actor and comedian, one of the most unique comics of the early 1970’s.

Born to parents who emigrated from British Guiana, he attended public schools in Nova Scotia while living with his grandparents. After finishing his education in New York at Flushing High School and Hofstra College, he began to study acting.

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Thu, 05.22.1941 story

Paul Winfield, an actor with great style

Paul Winfield, an African American actor, was born on this date in 1941.

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Sat, 03.08.1902 story

Cincinnati’s own, actress Louise Beavers

*This date recalls the birth of Louise Beavers in 1902. Known for her character roles, she was an African American film and television actress.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Beavers first drew attention as part of an act known as the “Lady Minstrels.” Despite her theatrical abilities and inclinations, she went to Hollywood, not as a performer, but as the maid of actress Leatrice Joy. She soon, however, appeared on the silver screen, making her feature debut in Gold Diggers (1923). She continued to act in such other silent films as Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1927).

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Tue, 02.16.1904 story

Walt Disney’s first live actor, James Baskett

*On this date we point out the birth of James Baskett in 1904. He was an African American actor.

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Mon, 04.03.1961 story

Eddie Murphy born

*On this date in 1961, Eddie Murphy was born. He is an African American actor, director, writer and comedian.

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Sat, 04.13.1963 story

Black actor wins Academy’s Oscar

On this date in 1963, the Oscar for best actor by the Academy of Motion Pictures was given to an African American for the first time.

Sidney Poitier won the honor for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Academy Foundation
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90211
Phone: 310-247-3000

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Fri, 06.11.1920 story

Exceptional talent and appeal, Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott was born on this date in 1920. She was an African American singer, actress, and musician.

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Mon, 06.10.1895 story

Hattie McDaniel, actress extraordinaire

This date marks the birthday of Hattie McDaniel in 1895. She was an African American actress, one of the greatest American character actresses.

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Sat, 06.30.1917 story

Lena Horne, singer/actress extraordinaire

This date marks the birthday of Lena Horne in 1917. She was an African American singer and actress whose refusal to be cast in stereotypical roles helped transform the popular image of Black women.

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