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Monday, February 13, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Estelle Hemsley

Estelle Hemsley (1887-1968)

The Leech Woman (1960)

Estelle Hemsley was a prominent early African American actress. She appeared in the stage and screen versions of Take a Giant Step, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the 1959 movie directed by Philip Leacock. Her other notable film roles include playing Grandmother Topouzoglou in Elia Kazan's 1963 movie America, America (nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture), the role of Cla-Cla in Mel Ferrer's 1959 film Green Mansions, the mother of Ruby Dee in Edge of the City (1957), and Catherine in Robert Mulligan's 1965 movie Baby the Rain Must Fall. (Source)

About The Leech Woman (1960)

Estelle plays Old Malla in a tale about "an endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth." (From imdb)


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