Actors

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Nina Mae McKinney

African American actor, Nina Mae McKinney (1912-1967), was in kinship care as a child. Nina Mae McKinney was born Nannie Mayme McKenna in Lancaster, South Carolina to Georgia Crawford McKinney and Napolian McKenna. From the time she was a small child, Nina’s great aunt Carrie Sanders raised Nina until the child was 13 and joined her mother in New York. She worked internationally during the 1930s and in the postwar period in theatre, film and television, after getting her start on Broadway and in Hollywood. Dubbed "The Black Garbo" in Europe because of her striking beauty, McKinney was one of the first African-American film stars in the United States, as well as one of the first African Americans to appear on British television.