The first work of its kind, this encyclopedia provides 360 brief biographies of African American film and television actresses from the silent era to 2009. It includes entries on well-known and nearly forgotten actresses, running the gamut from Academy Award and NAACP Image Award winners to B-film and blaxpoitation era stars. Each entry has a complete filmography of the actress's film, TV, music video or short film credits. The work also features more than 170 photographs, some of them rare images from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Bob McCann — The late Bob McCann was the editor-in-chief at Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Publishing in New York.
McCann, Bob. Encyclopedia of African American actresses in film and television. McFarland, 2010. 453p bibl index afp; ISBN 9780786437900. Reviewed in 2010jun CHOICE.
Edited by the late McCann (Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Publishing), this encyclopedia celebrates the work and life of African American women from the silent era of film to 2009. Rather than providing an exhaustive compilation, this unique reference work focuses on African American actresses who left a lasting legacy despite considerable obstacles. Each of the 360 entries includes an engaging biography and film and television credits. Over 180 black-and-white images illuminate the text. In addition to featuring legends such as Lena Horne, the volume also examines lesser-known but highly influential actresses such as Diana Sands. Although it does discuss up-and-coming actresses, their inclusion means that they are deemed to have contributed greatly to their respective industries or to be destined for stardom. Thus, researchers may not find many current, obscure actresses. This volume concentrates on 1960s and 1970s actresses in exploitation films, reflecting an era and genre that first prominently featured African American women. As the first encyclopedia of its kind, it is indispensable for those studying women, film, and television.
Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general readers. -- L. A. Ganster, University at Buffalo Libraries