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DW Griffith and Madame Sul-Te-Wan


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Since Griffith has been the subject of many threads, maybe it's time for me to bring up an actress I've brought up before -- peripherally: *Madame Sul-Te-Wan.* I first saw her and loved her as Tahama, Cook and High Priestess, in *King of the Zombies*, but she was actually the first black actress to receive a contract from a major studio. She was close to Griffith and worked with him several times, including in Birth of a Nation and Intolerance. She also appeared in In Old Chicago, Maid of Salem, and Carmen Jones.


Favorite one of her lines from King of the Zombies : "Tahama cooks for the living, not the dead!"

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