Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

A member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, one of four African-American sororities at the time.

African-American screen, television, and minstrel actress.

Appeared as a contestant on a 1961 episode of the Groucho Marx TV series "You Bet Your Life".

Before becoming an actress, Beavers was the maid for actress Leatrice Joy.

Despite the fact that she was given fourth billing in Imitation of Life (1934), her role was nearly equal in importance to Claudette Colbert's, and was the first instance of a Hollywood film in which a black woman's maternal problems were given equal importance to those of the leading white character in a film.

Her husband, Leroy Moore, was a professional chef.

In 1976 she, along with Josephine Baker and Canada Lee were posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.

Louise died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California on October 26, 1962, exactly a decade to the day as her famed counterpart Hattie McDaniel.

Louise was only a year older than actress Fredi Washington, who played her daughter in Imitation of Life (1934).

Playing cooks for most her career, in real life Louise detested cooking.

The studio forced her to eat extra servings of food so she could play the "black mammy" roles that were available to actresses of color at the time.