Fredi Washington (Fredericka Carolyn Washington) (December 23, 1903 - June 28, 1994) was an accomplished dramatic African-American film actress, most active in the 1920s- 1930s. Frustrated at limited opportunities, she became an activist and journalist. Washington was a founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America (NAG) in 1937 to create better professional opportunities. She also was Entertainment Editor of People's Voice, founded in 1942.
Washington earned notice for her portrayal of Peola, a young African-American woman who passed for white in the 1934 Academy Award-nominated film Imitation of Life. She also appeared with Paul Robeson in The Emperor Jones in 1933.
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