The child actress was born August 28, 2003 in Houma, Louisiana. The first part of her name comes from a mixture of her parents’, teacher Qulyndreia and truck driver Venjie Wallis, Sr. The second part, “zhané,” means “fairy” in Swahili.
Quvenzhané Wallis had to lie about her age to land the role of Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” She was only 5-years-old, and the minimum requirement was 6. Still, she beat out thousands of other little girls to win the starring role; director Benh Zeitlin even rewrote the part to her strengths, like her screaming and burping on cue. Her performance led to an Academy Award nomination, and she became youngest person ever to receive a nomination in the Best Actress category.
10. Oprah Winfrey and students from her school in Africa
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11. DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good
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12. Meagan Good
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13. Dihann Caroll
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14. Gabrielle Union
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15. Tatyana Ali
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Red Carpet Rundown: 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon
The 6th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon was held today and our favorite starlets walked the red carpet in normal glitz and glamour fashion. Congratulations to Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Gabrielle Union, Mara Brock-Akil, Naomie Harris and Quvenzhané Wallis who were all honored for their outstanding achievements in the industry. Check out our gallery of fashion stand-outs!