NATIVE AMERICAN ACTRESSES

by ToddTamanendClark | last updated - 24 Jul 2014 | Public

Alphabetical by first name.

1. Acquanetta

Actress | Tarzan and the Leopard Woman

Aquanetta was a B-rated movie actress (born as Mildred Davenport) in Ozone, Wyoming in 1921. She was nicknamed the "Venezualan Volcano" by Universal Studios.

She starred in Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946). Acquanetta also had small parts in Arabian Nights (1942), Jungle Woman (1944), Dead Man's ...

2. Alex Rice

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

By birth, actress Alex Rice is a Mohawk. She continues to be an active and proud member of the Kahnawake First Nation throughout her career.

Though she was born in Quebec, Alex spend the majority of her childhood in Brooklyn, New York among a community of Mohawk iron workers, where she trained to ...

3. Amber Midthunder

Actress | Legion

Amber Midthunder is an American born actress who uncovered a deep love for the art of acting at a very young age. Growing up with an actor father and casting director mother, she began her own on-screen career early in life. Her first speaking role was opposite Alan Arkin in the indie hit Sunshine ...

4. Andrea Navedo

Actress | Jane the Virgin

Andrea Navedo is an actress, known for Jane the Virgin (2014), Remember Me (2010) and Superfast! (2015).

5. Annie Galipeau

Actress | Map of the Human Heart

Annie Galipeau was born in 1979 in Maniwaki, Québec, Canada. She is an actress, known for Map of the Human Heart (1992), Grey Owl (1999) and Maïna (2013).

6. Ava Gardner

Actress | The Night of the Iguana

Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window ...

7. Bianca Jagger

Actress | The Cannonball Run

Bianca Jagger was born Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias, May 2, 1945 in Managua, Nicaragua, to a successful import-export merchant father and housewife mother. Bianca received a scholarship to study at the Paris Institute of Political Studies in France. Under the influence of Mohandas K. Gandhi's eastern ...

8. Carla-Rae

Actress | Imprint

Carla-Rae, (Birth Name Beshaw) (pronounced Bee Shaw), is a SAG, AFTRA and AEA, actress. Born in upstate New York Carla-Rae is of Seneca/Mohawk French Canadian heritage.

Carla-Rae has had the pleasure of working with television, film and theatre stars to the likes, Wes Studi, Virginia Madsen, David ...

9. Carmen Moore

Actress | Blackstone

Carmen has had an extensive career in film and television for over 20 years, with prominent roles in many successful shows, both Canadian and US.

With a start in local theatre in Vancouver Carmen quickly gained recognition with a couple of Jesse nominations. Auditions for film started a slew of ...

10. Carolyn Jones

Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Carolyn Jones was born April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. Her mother was Jeannette and her sister was Bette (Moriarty). She was an imaginative child, much like her mother. In 1934, her father abandoned the family and her mother moved them in with her parents, also in Amarillo. As a child Carolyn ...

11. Catherine Bach

Actress | The Dukes of Hazzard

Catherine Bach was born on March 1, 1954 in Warren, Ohio, USA as Catherine Bachman. She is an actress, known for The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), You Again (2010) and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). She was previously married to Peter Lopez and David Shaw.

12. Constance Owl

Actress | Rex

Constance Owl is an actress, known for Rex (2008), A Dance for Bethany (2007) and $6 Man (2008).

13. Cree Summer

Actress | Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Cree Summer was born on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Cree Summer Francks. She is an actress, known for Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) and The Care Bears Movie (1985). She is married to Angelo Pullens. They have two children.

14. Crystle Lightning

Actress | Prey

Crystle Lightning is everything that her given name implies: a clear bolt of penetrating energy. This vivacious young beauty co-stars in the fourth installment of the American Pie movie franchise American Pie 4: Band Camp and is on track to become one of the most talked about young women in ...

15. Delanna Studi

Actress | DreamKeeper

Delanna Studi was born on June 4, 1976 in Muldrow, Oklahoma, USA. She is an actress, known for DreamKeeper (2003), Timberwolf and The Heart Stays.

16. Devery Jacobs

Actress | The Sun at Midnight

Devery Jacobs was born on August 8, 1993 in Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada as Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs. She is an actress and writer, known for The Sun at Midnight (2016), Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013) and Assassin's Creed: Lineage (2009).

17. Eartha Kitt

Actress | The Emperor's New Groove

An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent. Her father's identity is unknown. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine. At 15, she quit high school...

18. Elaine Miles

Actress | Northern Exposure

Elaine Miles was born on April 7, 1960 in Pendleton, Oregon, USA. She is an actress, known for Northern Exposure (1990), Smoke Signals (1998) and Pandora's Clock (1996).

19. Elpidia Carrillo

Actress | Predator

Elpidia Carrillo was born on August 16, 1961 in Paracuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. She is an actress and director, known for Predator (1987), Nine Lives (2005) and Salvador (1986).

20. Georgina Lightning

Actress | Older Than America

Georgina Lightning brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer, director and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh, the Oath and Smoke Signals among countless others. Lightning ...

21. Geraldine Keams

Actress | Faster

Geraldine Keams was born on August 19, 1951 in Arizona, USA. She is known for her work on Faster (2010), The Car (1977) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).

22. Heather Locklear

Actress | Melrose Place

Heather Locklear was born on September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California, USA as Heather Deen Locklear. She is an actress and producer, known for Melrose Place (1992), The Perfect Man (2005) and The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). She was previously married to Richie Sambora and Tommy Lee.

23. Hyapatia Lee

Actress | The Masseuse

Hyapatia Lee (pronounced "high-a-PAY-sha") was born Vicki Lynch. By 1977 she was performing regularly on stage as an actress at the Black Curtain Dinner Theater, Footlite Musicals, and Indianapolis Civic Theater, among others. In 1979 she became a regularly featured dancer at the Red Garter Lounge....

24. Irene Bedard

Actress | Pocahontas

Irene Bedard was born on July 22, 1967 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Pocahontas (1995), Into the West (2005) and Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994). She was previously married to Denny Wilson.

25. Jamie Loy

Actress | The Veil

Jamie Loy is an American actress known for her role as Elizabeth Canoe in the feature film The Cherokee Word for Water and as Tara in the short Running Deer.

Jamie was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma as the second of three children of James and Annie Loy. She grew up in the country near many small towns...

26. Jennifer Podemski

Actress | Moccasin Flats

Jennifer Podemski is an actress and producer, known for Moccasin Flats (2003), Empire of Dirt (2013) and Dance Me Outside (1994).

27. Jenny Gago

Actress | Bound by Honor

Jenny Gago is one of Hollywood's most versatile and respected Latina actresses. Her powerful portrayal of the matriarch Maria Sanchez in Gregory Nava's hit film, My Family (1995), was a critically acclaimed contribution to what she describes as "an honorable and poignant script."

Gago has starred in...

28. Julia Jones

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Julia Jones was born on January 23, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011), Wind River (2017) and The Ridiculous 6 (2015).

29. Kaniehtiio Horn

Actress | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 8th (year undisclosed) Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress. In only her 8th outing as an actress she was nominated for a Gemini Award for her role in the television film Moccasin Flats: Redemption. Her mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn, is a former model and a ...

30. Kateri Walker

Actress | Outside Ozona

Kateri Walker is known for her work on Outside Ozona (1998), K-PAX (2001) and Kissed by Lightning (2009).

31. Kim Basinger

Actress | L.A. Confidential

Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a ...

32. Kimberly Guerrero

Actress | Blood & Oil

A native Oklahoman and graduate of UCLA, Kimberly enjoys a career in entertainment as an actor, writer and director and also works with tribal communities throughout North America as a public speaker and advocate promoting both personal and community development. Though she has several film and ...

33. Lisa Charleyboy

Actress | You Are Here

Lisa Charleyboy is a writer and actress, known for You Are Here (2010), Kimi (2012) and Murdoch Mysteries (2008).

34. Marisa Quintanilla

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

A dedicated performer, visual artist, & creative producer, Marisa is best known for her role as "Huilen" - a pivotal character in the Box Office hit Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

She is a graduate of the esteemed Brown University, and as part of her Ivy League undergraduate experience she had...

35. Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud

Actress | The Silent Enemy

Mary Alice Nelson Archambaud was born on November 17, 1903 in Indian Island, Oldtown, Maine, USA as Molly Nelson. She was an actress, known for The Silent Enemy (1930). She died on February 21, 1977.

36. Michelle Thrush

Actress | Pathfinder

Michelle Thrush was born on February 6, 1967 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is known for her work on Pathfinder (2007), Blackstone (2009) and The Northlander (2016).

37. Misty Upham

Actress | August: Osage County

Misty Anne Upham, born in Kallispell, Montana, grew up in south Seattle, the fourth of five children. She began her career at the age of thirteen when she joined a community theater group, Red Eagle Soaring. What began as a summer workshop soon turned into a full-time job. By the age of fourteen ...

38. Pam Grier

Actress | Jackie Brown

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched ...

39. Patricia Velasquez

Actress | The Mummy Returns

Patricia Velasquez was born in Guajira, Venezuela on January 31, 1971, the fifth of six children. She was raised by her parents, both of whom were educators, in a third world country. Needless to say, Patricia's life was far from luxurious. She attended San Vicente de Paul High School, and after ...

40. Phoebe Legere

Actress | The Toxic Avenger Part II

Phoebe Legere is a New York-based singer and actress, known for her sensual stage performances while playing the accordion, violin and guitar. Her best-known song is "Marilyn Monroe," which she performs at the beginning of the film Mondo New York.

41. Q'orianka Kilcher

Actress | The New World

At fourteen years old, Q'orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actresses with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick's 'The New World', an epic about the encounter between English and North American societies in the early 1600s. Her ...

42. Raven Alexis

Actress | Body Heat

Buxom, gorgeous, and shapely 5'3" brunette knockout Raven Alexis was born on January 28, 1987 in Spokane, Washington. A shy kid growing up, Raven originally planned on being a professional dancer, only to have these particular plans curtailed by a basketball injury. Alexis was approached by a ...

43. Red Wing

Actress | The Squaw Man

Red Wing was born on February 13, 1884 on the Winnebago Reservation, Nebraska, USA as Lillian St. Cyr. Her parents were Julia De Cora (Winnebago) and Mitchell St. Cyr (French Canadian and Sauk). She was graduated in 1902 from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Red Wing was an ...

44. Rosario Dawson

Actress | Rent

This stunning and resourceful actress has been primarily a film player thus far. Only recently has she been opening herself up more to doing television (the series Gemini Division (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...

45. Rulan Tangen

Actress | The New World

Rulan Tangen is an internationally accomplished dance artist and choreographer. She is the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of Dancing Earth, noted in Dance Magazine as "One of the Top 25 To Watch", and winner of the National Dance Project Production and Touring Grant, as well as the ...

46. Sacheen Littlefeather

Actress | The Trial of Billy Jack

Sacheen Littlefeather was born on November 14, 1946 in Salinas, California, USA as Maria Cruz. She is an actress, known for The Trial of Billy Jack (1974), Johnny Firecloud (1975) and Winterhawk (1975).

47. Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Actress | Eureka

Classy, graceful, & intelligent, Salli Elise Richardson was born November 23, 1967, in Chicago, Illinois. Salli's acting career was first nurtured in the theater and, ever since, she has been on a non-stop journey to success. Her first feature performance was in 1991 as "Denise" in Up Against the ...

48. Shannon Baker

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Shannon Baker is Carrier Dene of the Stellat'en First Nation reservation in northern British Columbia. She has an identical twin sister named Shauna. She resides in Los Angeles, California. Her and her twin sister are collectively known as 'The Baker Twins'. As an actor, model, and spokesperson ...

49. Shauna Baker

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Canadian born, Shauna Baker was raised by her Dené Grandmother on a reservation in northern Canada. Shauna was extensively involved in business before her entertainment career began. Despite her success in the corporate world, she instinctively knew she was not following her dreams. Shauna started ...

50. Sheila Tousey

Actress | Ravenous

Born in Keshena, Wisconsin, Tousey is a Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee Native American, raised on both the Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee reservations. A professional dancer and actress, Tousey began doing pow wows as a small child but did not perform on stage until she attended the University ...

51. Stefany Mathias

Actress | Pathfinder

Stefany was born and raised in North Vancouver BC. She is the only daughter of Squamish Nation hereditary Chief Joe Mathias and Janice Antoine, the principal of the Coldwater School in Merritt, BC.

Her love of the arts was ignited in her as a young child because her mom brought her to the theater ...

52. Tantoo Cardinal

Actress | Dances with Wolves

Actress Tantoo Cardinal, a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes Cardinal for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada.

Arguably the most widely recognized Native Actress of her ...

53. Tina Keeper

Actress | North of 60

Tina Keeper was born on March 20, 1962 in Norway House, Manitoba, Canada as Christina Keeper. She is an actress and producer, known for North of 60 (1992), Distant Drumming: A North of 60 Mystery (2005) and In the Blue Ground (1999).

54. Tinsel Korey

Actress | The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Canadian-born (Ojibwe) actress/singer-songwriter Tinsel Korey is best known for her role as "Emily" in The Twilight Saga. You can watch Tinsel on the new APTN music show Nagamowin Also look out for her new comedy movie Fishing Naked, action-thriller Black Box released by Lionsgate and guest ...

55. Tonantzin Carmelo

Actress | Into the West

Carmelo began her career as a native dancer and musician, recording 3 CDs with Canyon Records. She honed her acting craft in a myriad of professional theater productions, and is a member of the LA based professional theater company Native Voices, most recently as Lisa Yellowtree in the world ...

56. Traci Bingham

Actress | East of Hollywood

Traci Bingham was born on January 13, 1968 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Julie Anne Smith. She is an actress, known for East of Hollywood (2015), Baywatch (1989) and Bad Bizness (2003). She was previously married to Robb Vallier.

57. Vanessa Williams

Actress | Ugly Betty

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with...

58. Wende Wagner

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Beautiful, vibrant-looking 60s actress Wende Wagner (her real name) was born in Connecticut in 1941. Of French, German and Native American heritage, her exotic looks would later serve her well on TV and in motion pictures. She inherited her athletic genes from her parents; her father was a former ...

59. Yma Sumac

Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Known for her astonishing 4 1/2 octave vocal range, Yma Sumac (AKA Ima or Imma Sumack) is from Ichocán, Peru, a town high in the Andes. From an early age she performed in radio and movies and made recordings throughout South America. She came to the United States in the 1940s and performed with a ...

60. Yvonne Delarosa

Actress | How I Met Your Mother

Latin American beauty, DeLaRosa first hit Hollywood radar when famed comedy director, Betty Thomas, saw her and cast her as the series regular lead in the 20th Century Fox/Regency pilot Senor White (2003) for the FOX network, beating out every other Latina and Star name in Hollywood.

In just a few ...