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Artists, Actresses and Performers: Women Who Shaped History

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This topical collection includes resources related to featured women artists, actresses and performers. This collection includes portraits of the artists, actresses and performers, related artifacts, articles, videos with experts, and related Smithsonian Learning Lab collections. Use this collection to launch lessons about the women's life stories, primary source analysis, and examination of the context in which these women lived and made their contributions. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study.  

Keywords: Hattie McDaniel, Aretha Franklin, Frida Kahlo, Anna May Wong, Selena Quintanilla, Maria Tallchief, Maya Lin, Gladys Bentley, #BecauseOfHerStory

39c Hattie McDaniel single

National Postal Museum

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Oscars 1940

National Portrait Gallery

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Aretha Franklin

National Portrait Gallery

Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul

National Portrait Gallery

Aretha Franklin, SCLC convention, Club Paradise, Memphis, TN

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Aretha: Mysterious Lady of Sorrows

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Amazing Grace

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Chain of Fools / Prove It

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Ashley Naranjo

Frida Kahlo de Rivera

National Museum of American History

Coloring Frida Kahlo

National Museum of American History

Love in the Vaults

Smithsonian Channel

Frida Kahlo letter to Diego Rivera

Archives of American Art

Frida Kahlo

National Portrait Gallery

34c Frida Kahlo single

National Postal Museum

Frida Kahlo's studio

Archives of American Art

Portrait of Frida Kahlo

Archives of American Art

The Real Frida Kahlo

Smithsonian Magazine

Self-Portrait, [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Anna May Wong in "On The Spot"

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

Anna May Wong

National Portrait Gallery

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Selena

National Portrait Gallery

Selena, Portrait in a Minute

National Portrait Gallery

Selena's Leather Outfit

National Museum of American History

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Thinking of Maria Tallchief on Her Birthday

National Museum of the American Indian

Wahzhazhe: An Osage Ballet

National Museum of the American Indian

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Maya Lin 1:5

National Portrait Gallery

Maya Ying Lin

National Portrait Gallery

Folding the Chesapeake

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Photograph of Gladys Bentley

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Gladys Bentley

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Musicians' Protective Association Local 767 claim form

National Museum of African American History and Culture