South African movie actresses died in the year 2004

Here are 1 famous actresses from South Africa died in 2004:

Dolly Rathebe

Dolly Rathebe (April 2, 1928 Randfontein-September 16, 2004 Pretoria) was a South African actor, musician and singer.

She started her career as a singer and was one of the first black South African women to perform in the country's first all-female jazz band, The Harlem Swingsters. In the late 1940s, she began her acting career and quickly became a popular figure in South African cinema.

Dolly Rathebe was known for her roles in films such as "Jazz Mad" (1949), "Jim Comes to Joburg" (1949), "The Magic Garden" (1960), and "Udonga" (1974). She was also a regular performer in the Sophiatown jazz scene, which was a hub of African-American and African artistic expression in Johannesburg in the 1950s.

Throughout her career, Rathebe faced immense racism and discrimination due to the apartheid regime in South Africa. Despite this, she continued to shine in her performances and remained a beacon of hope and inspiration to many.

After retiring from acting, Dolly Rathebe served as a mentor to aspiring artists and continued to be a prominent figure in South African culture until her death in 2004.

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