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Nina Mae McKinney

Highest Rated:   67% Pinky (1949)
Lowest Rated:   67% Pinky (1949)
Birthday:   Not Available
Birthplace:   Not Available
The screen's first black love goddess, she was spotted as a teenager in the chorus line of Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1928 and signed to star in King Vidor's all-black musical film Hallelujah (1929). She got rave reviews and MGM signed her to a five-year contract, but she appeared in only two films in that time; there were no good roles for blacks in Hollywood films of the early '30s. She sang in cafes, cabarets, and clubs in Paris, Athens, and Budapest, billed as "the black Garbo." In 1935 she costarred with Paul Robeson in the British film Sanders of the River, then appeared in many all-black independent productions. In the late '40s she had supporting roles in a number of Hollywood films. Her last significant performance was onstage in Brooklyn in the 1951 play Rain, in which she played Sadie Thompson.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Copper Canyon
  • Theresa
1950
67% Pinky
  • Rozelia
1949
No Score Yet Night Train to Memphis
  • Maid
1946
No Score Yet Dark Waters
  • Florella
1944
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet The Devil's Daughter
  • Isabelle Walton
1939
No Score Yet Sanders of the River
  • Lilongo
1935
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Herself
1935
No Score Yet Safe in Hell
  • Leonie
1931
No Score Yet Hallelujah
  • Chick
1929
No Score Yet Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist
  • Actor
1925

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