Hattie McDaniel Biography - life, family, children, history, school, mother, old, information, born, movie, husband, house
Hattie McDaniel - Although her role of "Mammy" was and still is controversial, Hattie McDaniel was the first black performer to win an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in "Gone With the Wind." She was also the first black woman to sing on the radio.
Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer
Sidney Poitier in a scene from “For Love of Ivy” in 1968. Mr. Poitier, the author three memoirs, released his first novel, “Montaro Caine,” early this month. Photo: Bob Adelman/Corbis
Cicely Tyson Archives - Harlem World Magazine
Cicely Tyson, 80.A native of Harlem, NY, Cicely Tyson got her start in showbiz after being discovered by an Ebony photographer. Soon, she became a noted fashion model, her high cheekbones and piercing eyes lending a distinctive, alluring look. After appearing in her first film in 1957, she eventually garnered an Academy Award nomination in 1973. Noted for portraying strong women, Cicely has also won three Emmys and several Image Awards.
Vintage Vamp: Leslie Uggams
The other day, a couple of ESSENCE.com staffers were watching a DVD compilation of the 1977 miniseries "Roots," and we immediately became obsessed with Leslie Uggams, the radiantly beautiful actress who played "Kizzy." Of course, the Tony Award-winning singer/dancer/actress' career was in full bloom long before the groundbreaking miniseries aired...