Black Beauties To Know And Love: Actress Marpessa Dawn

February 27, 2014 ‐ By

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In our last Black Beauties To Know And Love, we wanted to show a little love to actress and singer Marpessa Dawn. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s not a surprise, because Dawn’s career wasn’t the lengthiest. However, her beauty was well-known. With the Oscars airing on Sunday, we thought we’d showcase the talents of Philly-born Dawn, whose acting work helped her film, Black Orpheuswin Best Foreign Film at the 1959 Academy Awards. That same film was a major influence for artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and according to President Barack Obama, one of his late mother’s favorite movies . Get to know more about her life and legacy.

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  • Taneesha Culture Clash Thomas

    beautiful lady…great story

  • divinnalafeme

    I discovered her not long ago on tumblr and wanted to know more about her. Great post MN she was a true beauty indeed!

  • Yansa M.Toussaint

    Black Orpheus is my favorite movie. I saw Black Orpheus for the first time in 1974 when I was 14 years old and just moved to California. Marpessa Dawn is beautiful and Black Orpheus is my all-time favorite movie so full of life,love and beauty.

  • rainbow

    Yeah, it is funny that it is always the mixed black women that are known for their beauty. Dorothy Dandridge, this woman,…sigh

  • J Mc

    Looking through her pictures I kept thinking of Phylicia Rashad. They both seem to have an effortless beauty.

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  • valerie808

    Loved this! Black Orpheus was an amazing movie with an amazing soundtrack, and I’ve always wanted to know more about the leading lady once I discovered she was American. In light of this, perhaps you could do an article on great foreign films featuring black actors. What a pleasant surprise! Thank you!