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Author Regester, Charlene B., 1956-

Title African American actresses : the struggle for visibility, 1900-1960 / Charlene Regester
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xi, 405 pages, 14 pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Madame Sul-Te-Wan : the struggle for visibility -- Nina Mae McKinney : early success and tumultuous career -- Louise Beavers : negotiating racial difference -- Fredi Washington : the masquerades and the masks -- Hattie McDaniel : centering the margin -- Lena Horne : actress and activist -- Hazel Scott : resistance to othering -- Ethel Waters : personification of otherness -- Dorothy Dandridge : intertwining the reel and the real -- Conclusion
Summary Nine actresses, from Madame Sul-Te-Wan in Birth of a Nation (1915) to Ethel Waters in Member of the Wedding (1952), are profiled in African American Actresses. Charlene Regester poses questions about prevailing racial politics, on-screen and off-screen identities, and black stardom and white stardom. She reveals how these women fought for their roles as well as what they compromised (or didn't compromise). Regester repositions these actresses to highlight their contributions to cinema in the first half of
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American women in motion pictures.
African American motion picture actors and actresses -- Biography
Actors -- United States -- Biography
PERFORMING ARTS -- Acting & Auditioning.
African American motion picture actors and actresses
African American women in motion pictures
Schwarze Frau
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009051159
ISBN 9780253004314