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Fanny Belle DeKnight (1869–1950)

An African-American veteran performer who struggled in vain to build a film career following a top role in an early all-black musical, Fannie Belle DeKnight found herself in a dead end situation trapped in an unflattering, stereotyped role and her film career went nowhere. Best known for her benevolent, upbeat character of Mammy in the King Vidor ... See full bio »

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 1932 A Rhapsody in Black and Blue (Short)
Wife (uncredited)
 1929 Hallelujah
Mammy
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According to Bill Capello in his article about Fannie in Classic Images (May 2014), Fannie played some minor roles on Broadway. She later was a music teacher.

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