Hattie McDaniel

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Hattie McDaniel

Born

6/10/1895, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Died

10/26/1952

Birth Name

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Hattie McDaniels
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After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted in film as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one,…more

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    • Hattie was 57 years old at the time of her death.

    • Before presenting the Oscar for Supporting Actress which Hattie would eventually win, Fay Bainter paid tribute to her nomination by saying "It is a tribute to a country where people are free to honor noteworthy achievements regardless of creed, race or color".

    • Hattie is one of only 22 African American to win an Oscar.

    • The only other African-American winners of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar are Whoopi Goldberg in 1991 (51 years after Hattie's win) and Jennifer Hudson in 2007 (67 years after Hattie's win.

    • Hattie was nominated for her Best Supporting Actress Oscar alongside her co-star Olivia de Havilland.

    • Hattie was married a total of 4 times.

    • Hattie was the first African American to be buried in Los Angeles' Rosedale Cemetery.

    • Despite having an estate valued at over $11,000 when she dies, Hattie only left $1 to her husband, Larry Williams.

    • Hattie's Oscar for Best Supporting Actress was presented to her by Fay Bainter.

    • Hattie has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Vine Street and
      6933 Hollywood Blvd. One is for contribution to radio and the other for motion pictures.

    • She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in 1939, for her role in the movie Gone With the Wind. In doing so she became the first African-American to win, or be nominated for, an Oscar.

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