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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Copper Canyon (1950) Theresa
2.
 Pinky (1949) Rozelia
3.
 Danger Street (1947) Veronica
4.
 Swanee Showboat (1947)
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 Mantan Messes Up (1946)
6.
 Night Train to Memphis (1946) Maid
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 Dark Waters (1944) Florella
8.
 Together Again (1944) Maid
9.
 Gang Smashers (1939)
10.
 Straight to Heaven (1939) Ida Williams
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June 12,1913-May 3,1967. Known for her leading role as Chick in the all black talkie Hallelujah! Born in Lancester, SC, she was one of the first African American film stars and one of the first black people to appear on British television. She was featured in a demonstration film broadcast. She moved to NY as a teen and began her career as a dancer. Director King Vidor saw her dancing in The Blackbirds of 1928 and cast her in Hallelujah! playing the temptress who corrupted a sharecropper's son. After the movie she signed a 5 year contract with MGM; however, the studio was reluctant to star her in feature films. During this time, she appeared in two British films "Sanders of the River" with Paul Robeson(1935) and Kentucky Minstrels(1934). Disillusioned after almost all of her scenes were cut from the film "Reckless" in 1935, she left Hollywood and went to Europe. In Europe she appeared mostly in theatrical shows and cabaret. In Budapest, she was known as the "Black Garbo". At the start of World War II she returned to America and married Jimmy Monroe, a jazz musician. After the war, she moved to Greece where she was known as the "Queen of Night Life". She returned to NY in 1960. In 1976, she was posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

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