Madame Sul-Te-Wan… Nellie Crawford



March 7, 1873 – Madame Sul-Te-Wan born as Nellie Crawford to parents who were freed slaves; American stage, screen, and television actor;  performances from Intolerance to Carmen Jones, The Buccaneer, and the TV series Medic, her career spanned over 50 years; she was the first African American actor to sign a film contract and the first to be a featured performer

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