List of entertainers who performed in blackface

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This is a list of entertainers known to have performed in blackface makeup, whether in an overtly racist or comic "minstrel" role, as satire or historical depiction of such roles, or in a portrayal of a character using racial makeup as a disguise, for whatever reason.

Bert Williams, shown here in blackface, was the highest-paid African-American entertainer of his day.

A–C  D–G  H–L  M–R  S–Z


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  20. ^ "Billy Gould Dies At 81. Comedian Had a Long Career in Minstrel Shows, Vaudeville". New York Times. February 2, 1950. Retrieved 2015-01-26.
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  22. ^ Youngkin, Stephen (2005). The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre. The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2360-8.
  23. ^ "Herbert Nadal, 83, Dies. Vaudeville Performer Noted for Minstrel Routines". New York Times. January 28, 1957. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  24. ^ "Neil O'Brien Dies at 85. Retired Minstrel Once With Primrose and Dockstader". New York Times. January 14, 1954. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
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  30. ^ Frank Tinney. The New York Times, November 29, 1940, p.26
  31. ^ Lott, Eric (1993). Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509641-5.
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