Unfortunately, the original video that this post was linked to has taken down, and I can’t seem to find it anywhere else. However, here is a little write up of her from IMDB…..
5′ 3″ (1.60 m)
Roberta Hyson was an actress and nightclub dancer. She was in the first black talkie shorts made in Hollywood, she made these films with Evelyn Preer who formed a great comedy duo with her. Roberta was great with comedy, expressions, gestures, which was also displayed well in her dancing. She also had a dynamic singing voice.
Roberta Hyson was the ultimate performer, a popular entertainer in the late 1920s and early 1930s in California and in films her roles were not stereotypical but enjoyable, her roles and her presence were never shameful or typical. She was one of the few who got a chance to “just be” on screen and that is enough to make her one of the first and few blacks who became and provided good images and she should be remembered in cinema and black cinema.
Italian-American born actor, is probably best known for his star role in “The Karate Kid Collection (Four Film Set)” (1984). Not only that, as far as I can remember, the movie was such a success, he’s done 2 more sequels. He looks so different today, you would never think it was the same person.. Did you know that, Chuck Norris turned down the role of John Kreese? Chuck Norris felt that he did not want to portray a character that, reinforces the negative stereotype of martial arts (in those days)… Now almost every movie has some form of martial arts. I guess we owe a lot to Bruce Lee for making that happen; now he is forgotten legend..
Mr. Poitier is undoubtedly, one of the few greatest actors ever lived. He has appeared in such classics as “To sir with love”. Their was a sequel to this movie, but I don’t think it has done as well as the original. Another famous movie he’s done was a movie “My name Mr. Tibbs”, and also “Lilies of the Field“. He has won numerous awards, not to mention an Oscar, Golden Globe, & American Institute for life achievement. If you haven’t seen any of his movies, just pick one, and I guarantee, you will fall in love with his acting, in the same way that the rest of the world has.