NATIVE AMERICAN ACTRESSESby ToddTamanendClark | created - 25 Jun 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
Alphabetical by first name.
Actress | Captive Wild Woman
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 (1946). Acquanetta also had small parts in Arabian Nights (1942), Jungle Woman (1944), Dead Man's ...
2. 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 ...
Actress | Hell or High Water
Amber Midthunder is a Native New Mexican 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 ...
7. Ava Gardner
Actress | The Night of the Iguana
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 ...
Actress | The Cannonball Run
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 ...
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 ...
10. 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 ...
11. Carolyn Jones
Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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 ...
12. Catherine Bach
Actress | The Dukes of Hazzard
Catherine Bach was born on March 1, 1954 in Warren, Ohio, USA as Catherine Bachman. She is an actress, known for The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), You Again (2010) and Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). She was previously married to Peter Lopez and David Shaw.
14. Cree Summer
Actress | Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Cree Summer was born on July 7, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Cree Summer Francks. She is known for her work on Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000) and Voltron (2016). She is married to Angelo Pullens. They have two children.
Actress | Prey
Crystle Lightning, an Indigenous Actress from the Plains Cree Nation, began her show business journey at a young age. The Lightning Family moved from Canada to Los Angeles where Crystle landed her first lead role in the feature: "3 Ninjas", at 9 years old. Crystle went on to study at the Beverly ...
18. Eartha Kitt
Actress | The Emperor's New Groove
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...
Actress | Older Than America
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 ...
23. Heather Locklear
Actress | Melrose Place
Heather Locklear was born on September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California, USA as Heather Deen Locklear. She is an actress and producer, known for Melrose Place (1992), The Perfect Man (2005) and Money Talks (1997). She was previously married to Richie Sambora and Tommy Lee.
24. Hyapatia Lee
Actress | The Masseuse
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....
25. Irene Bedard
Actress | Pocahontas
Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is a Native American actress who has played many Native American characters in a variety of films. She is perhaps best known for her voice role as the title character in the 1995 animated film Pocahontas.
In 2012, she started "Sleeping Lady Films" and "Waking Giants...
26. Jamie Loy
Actress | The Veil
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...
29. Jenny Gago
Actress | Bound by Honor
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 (1995), was a critically acclaimed contribution to what she describes as "an honorable and poignant script."
Gago has starred in...
31. Kaniehtiio Horn
Actress | Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress. She was born in Ottawa, but grew up on the Kahnawake reserve in Quebec. 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 ...
33. Kim Basinger
Actress | L.A. Confidential
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 ...
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 ...
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...
40. Misty Upham
Actress | August: Osage County
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 ...
41. 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 ...
Actress | The Mummy Returns
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 ...
43. 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.
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 ...
45. Raven Alexis
Actress | Body Heat
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 ...
46. Red Wing
Actress | The Squaw Man
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 ...
47. Rosario Dawson
Actress | Rent
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 (2008), which she executive-produced), and animated voice-overs. Dawson's powerhouse talent stands out the most in edgy...
48. 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 ...
Actress | Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid
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 ...
51. Shannon Baker
Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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 ...
52. Shauna Baker
Actress | Drunktown's Finest
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 ...
53. 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 ...
54. 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 theatre ...
55. Tantoo Cardinal
Actress | Wind River
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 ...
57. Tinsel Korey
Actress | The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Canadian-born actress/singer-songwriter Tinsel Korey is best known for her role as "Emily" in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
Korey's career started after her passion for performing skits as a young child led her to pursue her dream to be a professional actress. As a teen she...
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 ...
59. Traci Bingham
Actress | East of Hollywood
Traci Bingham was born on January 13, 1968 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Julie Anne Smith. She is an actress, known for East of Hollywood (2015), Baywatch (1989) and Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995). She was previously married to Robb Vallier.
60. Vanessa Williams
Actress | Ugly Betty
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...
61. Wende Wagner
Actress | Rosemary's Baby
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 ...
62. Yma Sumac
Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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 ...
63. Yvonne Delarosa
Actress | How I Met Your Mother
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 (2003) for the FOX network, beating out every other Latina and Star name in Hollywood.
In just a few ...