NATIVE AMERICAN ACTRESSES

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Acquanetta
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. Acquanetta also had small parts in Arabian Nights, Jungle Woman, Dead Man's Eyes, Lost Continent and The Legend of Grizzly Adams...
 
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Alex Rice
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 become a professional dancer...
 
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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 Cleaning at the age of nine...
 
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Ava Gardner
Actress, The Killers
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 of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM...
 
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Bianca Jagger
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 philosophy...
 
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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 James Elliot...
 
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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 guest starring and recurring roles on many popular TV series...
 
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Carolyn Jones
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 suffered from severe asthma...
 
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Crystle Lightning
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 Hollywood...
 
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Eartha Kitt
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 to work in a Brooklyn factory...
 
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Georgina Lightning
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 has also guest starred in T.V. episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger and West Wing...
 
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Hyapatia Lee
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. On a whim...
 
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Jamie Loy
Actress, Running Deer
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 and communities in northeastern Oklahoma...
 
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Jenny Gago
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, was a critically acclaimed contribution to what she describes as "an honorable and poignant script." Gago has starred in many feature films...
 
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Kaniehtiio Horn
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 political activist for the Kahnawake First Nation...
 
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Kim Basinger
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 schoolgirl...
 
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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 television credits to her name...
 
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Marisa Quintanilla
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 the privilege of training at both the National Theater Institute and the St...
 
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Misty Upham
Actress, Frozen River
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 she was writing and directing short skits and performing on tours throughout the northwest...
 
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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 her with The Big Doll House...
 
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Patricia Velasquez
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 her graduation in 1987...
 
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Phoebe Legere
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.
 
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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 performance...
 
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Raven Alexis
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 Playboy...
 
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Red Wing
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 actress famous for her starring role in Hollywood's first feature Western,The Squaw Man...
 
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Rosario Dawson
Actress, Sin City
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, which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy, urban filming that dates back to 1995 when she was only sixteen...
 
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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 National Museum of American Indian's Expressive Arts award...
 
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Actress, I Am Legend
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 Wall. However...
 
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Shannon Baker
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 Shannon Baker has been featured on a variety of television shows...
 
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Shauna Baker
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 modeling, then moved to hosting and then fell in love with the dramatic arts...
 
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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 of New Mexico...
 
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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 for children and her dad to see movies of all kinds...
 
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Tantoo Cardinal
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 generation; Tantoo has appeared in numerous plays...
 
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Tinsel Korey
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 starring on episode 210 of Season 2 on SYFY's ZNation...
 
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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 premiere production of Carbon Black...
 
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Vanessa Williams
Actress, Eraser
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 a promise to "see you on Broadway"...
 
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Wende Wagner
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 Olympic swimming/diving coach turned Naval Commander and her mother was a champion downhill skier...
 
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Yma Sumac
Soundtrack, The Big Lebowski
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 small group of musicians and dancers...
 
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Yvonne Delarosa
Actress, The Boatman
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 for the FOX network, beating out every other Latina and Star name in Hollywood. In just a few years...