They've made us laugh. They've made us cry. They've made us nostalgic, and they've even made us vengeful. They're among Hollywood's most famous black actresses, appearing in classic films like The Color Purple, Poetic Justice, Soul Food, Dreamgirls and The Help, as well as on television and on the stage. Explore our collection of famous black actresses, including Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne and Angela Bassett.
African-American actress Taraji P. Henson starred in 'Hustle and Flow' and earned an Academy Award nomination for her role in 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.' She has also won a Golden Globe for her role as Cookie on the TV soap opera 'Empire.'
Audra McDonald is an actress and vocalist known for an array of acclaimed stage work, starring in the productions 'Carousel,' 'Ragtime,' 'Twelfth Night' and 'Porgy and Bess,' among others. She has won a record-setting six Tonys and also worked in film and TV, with roles in projects like 'Private Practice' and 'A Raisin in the Sun.'