Evelyn Preer

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Birthday
16, 1896
Birthplace
Vicksburg, MS
Death Date
Nov 27, 1932 (36)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
16, 1896
Birthplace
Vicksburg, MS
Death Date
Nov 27, 1932 (36)

About

She became widely known as the First Lady of the Silver Screen in the black community, and was the first non-white actress to become a Hollywood star.

Before Fame

She was on the vaudeville stage before meeting provocative director Oscar Micheaux, who cast her in his 1919 film Homesteader.

Trivia

Starring in films that challenged black stereotypes, she became an ambassador for race relations both on and off the screen.

Family Life

She met her future husband, Edward Thompson, when both were in Chicago with the Lafayette Players.

Associated With

Also a talented singer, she performed with Duke Ellington when he was starting his career.