By Jeff C. Young
Author Jeff C. younger presents brief biographies of ten influential African-American actors. examine the demanding situations and triumphs of actors resembling Ossie Davis and Halle Berry. every one brief biography ends with a short timeline of the person's existence and achievements.
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Mr. Poitier stands out as the Negro convict and Mr. Curtis is surprisingly good. Both men are intensely dynamic. Mr. ”4 Once The Defiant Ones established Poitier’s reputation as a talented actor and box-office draw, other good movie roles followed. Poitier’s performances in All the Young Men (1960) and A Raisin in the Sun (1961) were both well received. In All the Young Men, Poitier starred as a Korean War soldier who assumes command of a platoon and forces the men to confront and examine their racial attitudes.
When he was born, his parents, Reginald and Evelyn Poitier, were visiting Miami from their home in the Bahamas. Sidney weighed only three pounds at birth, and his parents were deeply concerned that he would not live long. In his autobiography, Poitier writes that his mother visited a local soothsayer who told her: “Don’t worry about your son…He will survive and he will not be a sickly child. He will…travel to most of the corners of the earth. He will walk with kings. He will be rich and famous.
Dorothy Dandridge Timeline 1922 Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 9. 1934 Dorothy’s mother, Ruby, moves family to Los Angeles so her two daughters can pursue careers in show business. 1936 Makes first film appearance, in The Big Broadcast of 1936. 1942 Marries dancer/entertainer Harold Nicholas. 1943 Daughter Harolyn is born. 1951 Divorces Harold Nicholas. 1954 Receives Academy Award Best Actress nomination for her role in Carmen Jones. She becomes the first African-American woman to be nominated for the award.
Amazing African-American Actors by Jeff C. Young