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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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Imitation of Life
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The Emperor Jones
Black and Tan
Black and Tan Fredi - Duke's Girlfriend
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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)
 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)
 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)

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Stage: Appeared in "Lysistrata" on Broadway. 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 »


In the 1940s and early 1950s, she actively participated in the Cultural Division of the National Negro Congress and the Committee for the Negro in the Arts. See more »


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