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Look back at West­world star Thandie New­ton’s sto­ried Hol­ly­wood ca­reer.

GROW­ING UP in Eng­land as the daugh­ter of an artist and a Zim­bab­wean princess, Me­lanie Thandiwe New­ton once re­flected, “From about the age of 5, I was aware that I didn’t fit. I was the black, athe­ist kid in the all-white, Catholic school run by nuns. I was an anom­aly.” She was sure of one thing, how­ever: “I was just go­ing to be a cho­rus dancer and I was very happy with that.” Of course, she found her way to act­ing in­stead — forg­ing a mul­ti­fac­eted ca­reer, yet one in which she still looks to fit the bill. As Thandie, who turned 46 on Nov. 6, puts it, “If you’re a woman, you have to be twice as good, and if you’re black, you have to be twice as good on top of that.”

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