Juanita Moore: An Icon
Filed under Actress
January 31, 2014
Lydia Bailey (1952)
ANNE FRANCIS ADELINE DE WALT REYNOLDS JUANITA MOORE
Already a woman in her thirties, Moore’s film career would not truly take flight until three years later. Moore’s first credited part was in the 1952 film Affair in Trinidad. She played Dominique, a servant to the film’s leading lady. Although it was a minor role, Moore had a number of lines and scenes where she interacted with the primary characters of the film.
Affair in Trinidad (1952) – Glenn Ford, Rita Hayworth, and Juanita Moore (Dominique)
In 1953, Moore played the role of an African tribal woman named Teesa in the television series Ramar of the Jungle. The show was a 30-minute series that ran for two seasons. It portrayed the adventures of Dr. Tom Reynolds, a scientist working in Africa whom the natives refer to as Ramar or “the great white medicine man.” This show was another example of media catering to White Americans’ image of Black people. The African tribesmen exalted Dr. Reynolds and portrayed him as being more civilized than those of the tribes.
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Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. In 2020 He was also awarded The Actors Fund / Encore Award
On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at SUNY Potsdam, Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Ohio University.