Mattie Edwards (1866-1944) was one of the first black
  • Mattie Edwards
successful actresses in Hollywood. Born in 1966, she appeared in various silent short films in the 1910's. Her last appearance was in 1920. Not much is known about Edwards, but she was likely the silver screen's first black damsel in distress.


  • Within Our Gates (1920) - Edwards has her hands bound behind her.