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Louise Beavers
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    (March 8, 1902-October 26, 1962)
    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio
    Appeared in the films 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1927), 'Coquette' (1929), 'Gold Diggers of Broadway' (1929), 'Our Blushing Brides' (1930), 'What Price Hollywood?' (1932), '42nd Street' (1933), 'Bombshell' (1933), 'Only Yesterday' (1933), 'Imitation of Life' (1934), 'General Spanky' (1936), 'Make Way for Tomorrow' (1937), 'Shadow of the Thin Man' (1941), 'Holiday Inn' (1942), 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House' (1948), 'The Jackie Robinson Story' (1950), 'Tammy and the Bachelor' (1957) and 'All the Fine Young Cannibals' (1960)
    Starred in the TV series 'Beulah' (1952-53)
    Portrayed Louise the maid on 'The Danny Thomas Show' (1953-55)
    Inducted posthumously into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1976)
    She was typecast as mammies, maids and cooks.
    In real life, she hated to cook.
    She was only one year older than the actress who played her daughter in 'Imitation of Life.'
    She was the third of four women who played the role of 'Beulah.'
    Her performance in 'Imitation of Life' was the first time a mainstream Hollywood film gave a black character's problems the same weight as the white lead's.
    Her studio encouraged her to overeat to maintain her 'mammy' figure.
    She died one decade to the day after her good friend and fellow black acting pioneer/stereotyping victim/Beulah portrayer Hattie McDaniel.

Credit: C. Fishel

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