Divas On Screen
With the 2010 Academy Awards approaching, NPR's Tell Me More presents a five-part series focusing on five revolutionary African-American actresses. Commentator Mia Mask, author of the book Divas On Screen, explains how legendary performers Dorothy Dandridge, Pam Grier, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry have evolved the image of black women in tenseltown and on the big screen.
Actress Holly Berry receives an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for the film Monster's Ball in 2001.
In 2001, Halle Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Monster's Ball, directed by Marc Forster. The award made her the first African-American woman to win an Oscar in this category. Berry is both a biracial beauty in an integrated era and a performer who has demonstrated her ability across a range of characters.
March 1, 2010 Tell Me More looks back at some of the most prominent African-American actresses of all times, beginning with Dorothy Dandridge. The 1950s diva challenged conventional beauty and was the first African-American to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.