African American Hero of the Day

African American Almanac
ISBN: 9781578593231

What acclaimed actress is famous for her role in 1974's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman?

  • Born in Harlem, she began her career as a model, appearing in Vogue in 1956.
  • Her first major award was for acting in The Blacks, an Off-Broadway production by Jean Genet.
  • She portrayed Harriet Tubman in A Woman Called Moses in 1978.
  • Some of her more recent films include Idlewild (2006), and Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), and The Help (2011).

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