Nina Mae McKinney (1912–1967)


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Nina Mae McKinney is known as the seductress "Chick" from Hallelujah (1929), the first all-black, all-sound musical. Even though she was acknowledged as a great actress, singer and dancer by audiences in the U.S. and Europe, today she is mostly forgotten. She certainly had the looks, enthusiasm, and acting talent to succeed. But as she and other ... See full bio »

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Known For

Hallelujah Chick
(1929)
(1935)
The Devil's Daughter Isabelle Walton
(1939)
Pinky Rozelia
(1949)

Filmography

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 1950 Copper Canyon
Theresa (uncredited)
 1949 Pinky
Rozelia
 1947 Danger Street
Veronica
 1946 Mantan Messes Up
Nina
 1945 The Power of the Whistler
Flotilda, Constantina's Maid (uncredited)
 1944 Together Again
Maid in Nightclub Powder Room (uncredited)
 1944 Dark Waters
Florella
 1940 Swanee Showboat (Short)
Nina McKinney (as Nina McKinney)
 1939 Straight to Heaven
Ida Williams
 1939 The Devil's Daughter
Isabelle Walton
 1938 Gang Smashers
Laura Jackson
 1938 On Velvet
Singer
 1936 The Lonely Trail
Dancer (uncredited)
 1936 The Black Network (Short)
Nina Mae McKinney
 1935 Reckless
Nina Mae McKinney - Singer
 1935 Sanders of the River
Lilongo
 1934 Kentucky Minstrels (uncredited)
 1934 What Price Jazz (Short)
Dancer (uncredited)
 1933 Blood Money
Rebecca - Ruby's maid (uncredited)
 1932 Passing the Buck (Short)
 1932 Pie, Pie, Blackbird (Short)
Miss Nina
 1931 Safe in Hell
Leonie - the Hotel Manager
 1930 They Learned About Women
Specialty Singer (uncredited)
 1929 Manhattan Serenade (Short)
Singer / Dancer
 1929 Hallelujah
Chick
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Alternate Names:

Nina McKinney

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

The Negro artists went to Europe because we were recognized and given a chance. In Europe they had your name up in lights. people in the United States would not give us that chance. See more »

Trivia:

King Vidor offered the youthful teenage McKinney the leading actress role in "Hallelujah" when intended star Ethel Waters proved unavailable for undetermined reasons. Ironically, two decades later, McKinney played a decidedly supporting role in "Pinky," a film in which Waters was Oscar-nominated. See more »

Nickname:

The Black Garbo

Star Sign:

Gemini

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