Who was the first female actress?
Margaret Hughes was the first professional female actress.
Females in acting didn't happen for centuries. Young boys played female parts .Margret Hughes is credited with the first professional actress on the British stage.
It's difficult to say who was the first, because the silent
films of the Lumiere Brothers in 1895 in France, and the Edison
company soon after in the US, showed scenes with both men and women
in them. But at the turn of the new century, there was one woman
who stood out and became known as the first female movie star: her
name was Florence Lawrence In the silent picture era, she became so
well known and popular that her name was used in movie publicity;
having Florence Lawrence in a film guaranteed that people would
come to see it.
Hattie McDaniel was nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939) as Mammy. She won. Not only is she the first African American (male or female) to be nominated for an Oscar, but she is the first African American (male or female) to win an Oscar, and she is also the oldest black actress to win an Oscar (age 44).
Durgabai Kamat as Parwati and her daughter Kamlabai Kamat/Gokhale as Mohini in Mohini Bhasmasur (1913) directed by Dadasheb Phalke They were the first female actress of indian cinema … First Actress was male (Anna Salunke) in Raja Harishchandra (1913) first film of Indian Cinema directed by Dadasaheb Phalke more info on Greatest Films Of India
When did the term 'Actress' stop being used as the description of female performers on stage and in film?
from: http://www.pepysdiary.com/p/4034.php Mary Saunderson (1637-1712, later known as Mary Saunderson Betterton after her marriage to Thomas Betterton, was an actress and singer in England during the 1660s and 1690s. She is considered one of the first English actresses. Her most notable accomplishments are her being the first female actress to portray several of Shakespeare's woman characters on the professional stage. She was the first to portray Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth…
The Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress was first awarded in 1998, although the Filmfare Awards started in 1954. Before that, from 1991 through 1997, both the female and male actors used to compete for a single award - Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. The first female to win the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance award was Dimple Kapadia for the film Rudaali in 1993. Tabu won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best…
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