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Edna Mae Harris

Also Known As: "Edna M. Harris", "Edna May Harris"
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Occupation: African-American actress
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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About Edna M. Harris

Edna Mae Harris was one of the best actresses of the Black race in the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in some of the best all black cast independently produced movies in the 1930s and 1940s. An attractive woman who had a soulful voice, personality, sex appeal, she was a triple threat to show business, for she could sing, dance, and act. She was the personification of an Harlem performer, sexy, vivacious, alive, hot and full of life. Edna found fame by playing in the stage and screen version of "Green Pastures" as Zeba. Naturally audiences loved her, and she received glorious reviews. So it was no surprised when Hollywood asked her to repeat her role on screen and she repeated getting wonderful acclaim. During the Black Cinema, Edna Mae was very much in demand starring in some of the top black movies "Spirit of Youth," "Paradise in Harlem," "Sunday Sinners," "The Notorious Elinor Lee," "Tall, Tan and Terrific" showing her excellent acting skills in drama and comedy. Edna Mae Harris got to tell her story in her later years in the documentary, "Midnight Ramble", about independently produced black films. IMDb Mini Biography By: Alicia T.(

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The documentary, "Midnight Ramble", about independently produced black films.

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Edna M. Harris's Timeline

September 29, 1910
New York, NY, USA
September 15, 1997
Age 86
New York, NY, USA