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Actress, Fredi Washington, was born Fredericka Carolyn Washington on Dec 23, 1903 in Savannah, GA. Washington died at the age of 90 on Jun 28, 1994 in Stamford, CT .



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By KC on Feb 18, 2010 From Classic Movies

I’ve always been frustrated in my efforts to get a satisfactory glimpse of actress . She was blessed with beauty, intelligence and talent, but these qualities were not sufficient to make an African American a leading lady in the Hollywood of the thirties. With her pale skin, st... Read full article

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Delilah Johnson: What's my baby want?
Peola Johnson, Age 19: I want to be white, like I look.
Delilah Johnson: Peola!
Peola Johnson, Age 19: [gesturing to mirror] Look at me. Am I not white? Isn't that a white girl?

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Radio: Was a regular on the Jewish comedy "The Goldbergs".

As a co-founder of the Negro Actors Guild, the Guild's officers at the time included Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Paul Robeson and Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who was married to her sister Isabel Washington. Later Fredi was editor and columnist for "The People's Voice", a weekly paper founded by Powell in 1938. She wrote the regular features "Headlines and Footlights" And "Fredi Speaks".

For better or worse, she was stereotyped as the "tragic mulatto", never better than as Peola, the light-skinned daughter of Louise Beavers in Imitation of Life (1934) who tries to pass for white. So realistic was her portrayal that many filmgoers thought she was antiblack in real life.

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