HuffPost Names Greatest American Actresses

HuffPost Names Greatest Actresses of All Time

HuffPost made a controversial post which asked its readers to vote for the Greatest American Actresses of all time. There was a short list of names to choose from. Not surprisingly, only four African-Americans were included in the list of 34—-which includes Angela Bassett, Ruby Dee, Whoopi Goldberg, and Cicely Tyson.

“First cast as ladies in distres and objects of desire and prize, it took certain landmark talents to prove that women can not only appear on camera, they can own it in ways all their own,” writes HuffPost.  “In Hollywood today, while certain segregations and institutional biases still exist (to which the gender of screenwriters, directors and producers can in many ways be linked), the woman star takes the lead now more than ever before.”

Lets take a look back at the extraordinary roles that made these particular four so great.

Angela Bassett

She has range. She has played everyone from Rosa Parks to Michael Jackson’s Mother. Hailing from Yale University, Bassett always delivers authenticity and rawness to her characters. Bassett’s stunning beauty doesn’t hurt her. But her roles in Malcolm X, Whats Love Got To Do With It, and Nothing But The Truth earned her a spot.


Ruby Dee

Known for starring in politically charged films in the 50’s and 60’s such as ‘The Incident,’ Ruby Dee revolutionized roles for African-Americans in film. Known for stellar performances in classics such as ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ ‘The Jackie Robinson Story,’ and more recently ‘American Gangster.’ A role that earned her an Oscar nomination at 83 years old. Longevity is greatness.

Whoopi Goldberg

Her breakout role in ‘The Color Purple’ alone is enough to earn her a spot on the list. However, amazing follow-up performances in films such as ‘Ghost,’ and wildly entertaining comedic performances in ‘Burglar’ and ‘Sister Act’ made her a household favorite. This is something not fully achieved by other actresses on the list. Goldberg became more than just an actress, she became an entertainer.

Cicely Tyson

No one can play a more convincing slave than Cicely Tyson. Her films have bee shown in classrooms around the United States for decades and were included in the curriculum. Her roles in films such as The Jane Pittman Story and Roots are classics in American film. Her talent was lent to some of the most riveting period pieces ever created in the history of film and television. Which brings us back to our original statement: Is there anyone else on HuffPost’s list that can play a more convincing slave? We don’t think so!