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Hazel Scott and Lena Horne in a publicity shot for the MGM film I Dood It (Vincente Minnelli, 1943)

The golden age of Hollywood wasn't so golden for black stars, but there are plenty of old black Hollywood stars who helped pave the way.

Oscar Michaux Mr. Micheaux was the prolific writer, director and producer of more than 44 films between 1919 and 1948. His films dealt with the African American struggle for equality in a hostile world.

Rex Ingram was not only one of our great black actors, he was also the first African American man to graduate from Northwestern University medical school.

Maria P. Williams Ms. Williams is known as the first black woman to direct and produce a film. Her film Flames of Wrath was a crime drama and was released in 1923

24 Actresses From The Golden Age Of Hollywood #refinery29 http://www.refinery29.com/old-hollywood-actresses#slide-3 Maureen O'Hara (August 17, 1920) The Irish actress held her own against Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) at age 19, and gained many a fan in films ranging from swashbucklers (The Black Swan, 1942) and Westerns (Rio Grande, 1950), to family films like Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and The Parent Trap (1961).

If you've ever watched a black-and-white movie from Hollywood's Golden Age, you have probably noticed that "old-timey" way of speaking. Actors from Hollywo

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