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Madame Sul-Te-Wan (1873–1959)

Madame Sul-Te-Wan was born on March 7, 1873 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Nellie Wan. She was an actress, known for Maid of Salem (1937), In Old Chicago (1938) and Kentucky (1938). She was married to Robert Reed Conley. She died on February 1, 1959 in Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Maid of Salem
Maid of Salem Tituba - A Slave
In Old Chicago
Kentucky Lily
Safari Native Woman


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 1960 Tarzan and the Trappers (TV Movie)
Witch Woman
 1958 The Buccaneer
Good Luck Charm Vendor
 1957 Band of Angels
Flower Vendor (uncredited)
 1957 Something of Value
Midwife (uncredited)
 1955 Medic (TV Series)
Grandma Jonson
- All My Mothers, All My Fathers (1955) ... Grandma Jonson (as Madame Sultewan)
 1954 Carmen Jones
Hagar - Carmen's Grandmother (uncredited)
 1949 The Story of Seabiscuit
Libby (uncredited)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young
Kifa - Young Family Servant (uncredited)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Bit in 'Ice Cold Katie' Number (uncredited)
 1943 Revenge of the Zombies
Mammy Beulah
 1942 Mokey
Miss Cully - Old Black Woman (uncredited)
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Church Harmonium Player (uncredited)
 1941 King of the Zombies
 1940 Love Thy Neighbor
Lady McBeth (uncredited)
 1940 Maryland
Naomi (uncredited)
 1940 Safari
Native Woman
 1939 Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite
Ruby - Black Convict Woman (uncredited)
 1939 Tell No Tales
Jim Alley's Mother (uncredited)
 1938 Kentucky
 1938 The Affairs of Annabel
Benzedrina - a Convict (uncredited)
 1938 The Toy Wife
Eve - a Black Servant (uncredited)
 1938 Island in the Sky
Scrubwoman (uncredited)
 1938 In Old Chicago
Hattie (as Madame Sultewan)
 1937 Maid of Salem
Tituba - A Slave
 1936 San Francisco
Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
 1935 So Red the Rose
Slave (uncredited)
 1934 Imitation of Life
Black Cook (uncredited)
 1934 Black Moon
 1934 Operator 13
Slave at Medicine Show (uncredited)
 1934 A Modern Hero
Mme. Azais' Neighbor (uncredited)
 1933 Big Time or Bust
Gussie - Betty's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 King Kong
Native (uncredited)
 1933 Ladies They Talk About
Prisoner Mustard (uncredited)
 1932 Jungle Mystery
Native Woman in Stockade (uncredited)
 1931 Heaven on Earth
Voodoo Sue (as Madame Sul Te Wan)
 1931 Pagan Lady
Carla the Servant (uncredited)
 1930 The Thoroughbred
 1930 Sarah and Son
Belloc's Maid (uncredited)
 1929 Hallelujah
Church Member (uncredited)
 1929 The Carnation Kid
The Maid (uncredited)
 1929 Queen Kelly
Kali Sana - Aunt's Cook (uncredited)
 1927 Uncle Tom's Cabin
Slave at Wedding (uncredited)
 1927 College
Cook (uncredited)
 1925 The Golden Bed
Boarding House Maid (uncredited)
 1925 The Narrow Street
 1924 The Lightning Rider
 1923 The Southbound Limited (Short)
 1922 Manslaughter
Prison Inmate (uncredited)
 1922 The Son of a Sheik (Short) (as Madame Suterman)
 1922/II The Show (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1921 Squirrel Food (Short)
 1920 Why Change Your Wife?
Sally's Maid (uncredited)
 1919 His Musical Sneeze (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1918 Who's Your Father? (Short)
Black Mother (uncredited)
 1918 Old Wives for New
Viola's Maid (uncredited)
 1917 Stage Struck (uncredited)
 1916 The Children Pay
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
 1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
Girl at the Marriage Market (uncredited)
 1916 Hoodoo Ann
Black Cindy (uncredited)
 1915 The Birth of a Nation
Black Woman - Dr. Cameron's Taunter (uncredited)
 1915 The Cause of It All (Short)
Mary - the Hotel Cook
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Alternate Names:

Sul-Te-Wan | Madame Sultewan | Madame Suterman | Madame Sul Te Wan | Madame Wan


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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[on roles for black actors and actresses in 1920s and 1930s Hollywood] I get bitter sometimes because I don't work long enough to buy a handkerchief. See more »


Kept in touch with film director D.W. Griffith for decades and attended a memorial service for him at the Hollywood Masonic Temple in 1948. See more »

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