She will always be remembered for one role and, in some ways, as a stereotypical black actress but she was a talented actress. Born Thelma McQueen January 8, 1911 in Tampa, Florida, the daughter of a stevedore and a domestic, she grew up in Georgia. Originally she studied…more
In 1980, Butterfly won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming playing Aunt Thelma on The ABC Afterschool Special: The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid.
Butterfly was 5' 1" in height.
She donated her body to medical science.
She was a lifelong atheist.
McQueen died after her clothes caught fire while she was lighting a kerosene heater.
"Butterfly" was a stage name that was derived from dancing the "Butterfly Ballet" in a 1935 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Butterfly McQueen: I don't think you should strip people of their prejudice - that's all they have, some of them. We should just leave them alone until they mature.
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