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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 Peola Johnson
(1934)
(1933)
Ouanga Klili Gordon
(1936)
One Mile from Heaven Flora Jackson
(1937)

Filmography

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 1949 The Goldbergs (TV Series)
 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
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1929 Black and Tan Fantasy (Short)
Fredi - Duke's Girlfriend
 1929 The Letter
Opium Den Dancer (uncredited)
 1922 Square Joe
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 1929 Black and Tan Fantasy (Short) (performer: "Cotton Club Stomp")
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 1939 The Ethel Waters Show (TV Special)
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 2021 CBS News Sunday Morning (TV Series)
Peola Johnson
- 10-24-2021 (2021) ... Peola Johnson
 2017 She's Gotta Have It (TV Series)
Peola Johnson
- #HowToMakeLoveToANegroWithoutGettingTired (2017) ... Peola Johnson (uncredited)
 2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (Video documentary)
 1990 That's Black Entertainment (Documentary)
Self
 1975 Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (TV Movie documentary)
Self
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Hot Chocolates" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | See more »

Spouse:

Dr. Hugh Anthony Bell  (his death) | See more »

Parents:

Robert T. Washington | Hattie Washington
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Why should I have to pass for anything...but an artist? See more »

Trivia:

First job was at a Harlem dress shop for $17 a week. She later found a job as a bookkeeper at W.C. Handy's Black Swan Records Company. See more »

Nickname:

The Dark Duse of Hollywood

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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