Black History Month: Legendary Actresses?
From Academy Award-winning performances to recognitions by the NAACP, these women have reached milestones through memorable roles. We often see them in glamorous gowns on the red carpet, but it is their work on films and television that we remember the most. Here are Hollywood’s outstanding ladies.
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It is hard to forget the 2002 Academy Awards when Halle Berry broke the color barrier by becoming the first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Her role in 2001’s “Monster’s Ball” got her wide recognition. Since then she has appeared in blockbuster hits such as “X-Men” and “Catwoman.”
Regina King has been acting since the mid 1980’s. In 1996, she was critically praised for her tole in “Jerry Maguire.” Since then she has appeared in numerous films and television show such as “Enemy of the State,” “Leap of Faith,” “24,” and “Southland.” In 2004, she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in “Ray.”
Octavia Spencer was named one of the “25 Funniest Actresses in Hollywood” by Entertainment Weekly in 2009. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Minny in 2011’s “The Help.” She has also won a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Jada Pinkett Smith began her acting career in 1991 when she landed a role in the television sitcom “A Different World.” She gained recognition in “The Nutty Professor.” Besides being an actress and being married to Will Smith, she’s also a singer-songwriter and businesswoman.
Although she did not plan on being an actress, we glad she did. Her most recognized are in films such as “Bring It On” and “Bad Boys II”. She has also appeared in a number of television shows including “Ugly Betty” and “Life.” She is a NAACP Image Award nominee.