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Fredi Washington (1903–1994)


Fredi Washington was a pioneering African-American actress whose fair skin and green eyes often were impediments to her showing her extraordinary acting skills. Her talent was often overlooked because of people's obsession with her race and color. In the few films in which she acted her enormous talent as an actress couldn't be hidden. Her first ... See full bio »

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Known For

Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life Peola Johnson
(1934)
The Emperor Jones
(1933)
Black and Tan
Black and Tan Fredi - Duke's Girlfriend
(1929)
Ouanga
Ouanga Klili Gordon
(1936)

Filmography

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 1937 One Mile from Heaven
Flora Jackson
 1936 Ouanga
Klili Gordon
 1934 Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (Short)
Train Conductor's Wife
 1934 Mills Blue Rhythm Band (Short)
Dancer
 1930 Animal Crackers
House Party Guest (uncredited)
 1929 Black and Tan (Short)
Fredi - Duke's Girlfriend
 1929 The Letter
Opium Den Dancer (uncredited)
 1922 Square Joe
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 1929 Black and Tan (Short) (performer: "Cotton Club Stomp")
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 2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (Video documentary)
 1990 That's Black Entertainment (Documentary)
Herself
 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)
Herself
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Dorothy and Dubose Heyward's play, "Mamba's Daughters," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Ethel Waters (Hagar); Georgia Burke; Maude Russell; Robert Thomsen; Willie Bryant; J. Rosamond Johnson; Vincent Copeland; John Kerr; John O'Connor; Barry Kelley; Al Stokes; Bradley Wilson; Louis Sharp; Canada Lee; ... See more »

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[when asked why she didn't try to "pass" for white] Because I'm honest and because you don't have to be white to be good. See more »

Trivia:

As a co-founder of the Negro Actors Guild, the Guild's officers at the time included Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Paul Robeson and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who was married to her sister Isabel Washington. Later Fredi was editor and columnist for "The People's Voice", a weekly paper founded by Powell in 1938. She wrote the regular features "Headlines and Footlights" And "Fredi ... See more »

Nickname:

The Dark Duse of Hollywood

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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