Friday, 17 June 2011
The good old days weren’t always so good. Making a bid for fame when your ethnicity wasn’t white meant less screen time, stereotypical portrayals and losing roles to white actresses. Lena Horne lost to Ava Gardner in Show Boat in 1951 and Anna may Wong to Luise Rainer in The Good Earth in 1937. And some, like Merle Oberon, hushed down their heritage to ensure a better career. This post are for these beautiful and talented women. I hope you don’t mind if I reach back a little- some pictures are from the 1920’s and 30’s.
Merle Oberon, who was Anglo/Indian. Apart from Gilda Hayworth she was the first sctress I noticed as a child.
Lena Horne, before and after a nose job, evidently.
Molly Spotted Elk
The absolutely stunning Anna May Wong
The less known, but equally stunning Lotus Long.
For good measure, here are some great singers too, like Sara Vaughan.
Billie Hoilday. At first I thought she wore a gigantic flower in her hair, but look closer and you see that it is made of feathers!
The beautiful dancer Katherine Dunham
And as I reach back in time, let's not forget the wonderful Joséphine Baker.