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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)
Ouanga
Ouanga Klili Gordon
(1936)
One Mile from Heaven
One Mile from Heaven Flora Jackson
(1937)

Filmography

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 1937 One Mile from Heaven
Flora Jackson
 1936 Ouanga
Klili Gordon
 1934 Imitation of Life
Peola Johnson
 1934 Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (Short)
Train Conductor's Wife
 1934 Mills Blue Rhythm Band (Short)
Dancer
 1933 The Emperor Jones
Undine
 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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 2017 She's Gotta Have It (TV Series)
Peola Johnson
- #HowToMakeLoveToANegroWithoutGettingTired (2017) ... Peola Johnson
 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:

Stage: Appeared in "Lysistrata" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

If they want me, they will call me, and if they accept me, they'll have to take me as I am. FW, on why she preferred the stage See more »

Trivia:

The mid-1930s were her most productive film years playing the lead in The Emperor Jones (1933) opposite Paul Robeson, the lead in the voodoo drama Ouanga (1936) and, her most famous role, Peola Johnson, who turns against her black mother (Louise Beavers) in an effort to pass for white, in the Claudette Colbert starrer Imitation of Life (1934). See more »

Nickname:

The Dark Duse of Hollywood

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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