Brown Opulence

Theresa Harris

African American actress who played over 100 films as a maid to the likes of Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers (Mexican actress whitewashing herself) and Barbara Stanwyck but also as blues singers, waitresses, tribal women, prostitutes, and hat check girls. 

Lynn Nottage’s play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is based on Ms. Harris’s life. 

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