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Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel was an American actress whose portrayal of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939) won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first black to win an Academy Award. After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted 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, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn, she makes it clear she has little use for her employers' pretentious status seeking. By The Mad Miss Manton (1938) the character she portrays actually tells off her socialite employer Barbara Stanwyck and her snooty friends. This path extends into the greatest role of McDaniel's career, Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). Mammy is, in a number of ways, superior to most of the white folk surrounding her. From that point, McDaniel's roles unfortunately descended, with the characters becoming more and more menial. McDaniel played on the "Amos and Andy" and Eddie Cantor radio shows in the 1930s and 1940s, the title character in her own radio show "Beulah" (1947-51), and the same part on TV (Beulah, 1950).

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Jun 10, 1895 In Wichita, Kansas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Impatient Maiden 1932-03-01
Latest Project:
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Known For
Poster of Hi, Beautiful
Poster of Next Time We Love
Poster of The Little Colonel
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind (archive footage) 1988-10-01
Movie George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985-03-03
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie The Big Wheel Minnie (as Hattie McDaniels) 1949-11-04
Movie Family Honeymoon Phyllis 1948-12-06
Movie Mickey Bertha 1948-06-23
Movie The Flame Celia 1947-11-24
Movie Janie Gets Married April 1946-06-22
Movie Never Say Goodbye Cozy 1946-11-09
Movie Margie Cynthia 1946-10-15
Movie Song of the South Aunt Tempy 1946-11-12
Movie Hi, Beautiful Millie 1944-12-18
Movie Three Is a Family Maid 1944-11-23
Movie Janie April, Conway's Maid 1944-09-02
Movie Since You Went Away Fidelia 1944-07-20
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Gossip in 'Ice Cold Katie' Number 1943-09-25
Movie Johnny Come Lately Aida 1943-09-03
Movie The Male Animal Cleota 1942-04-04
Movie In This Our Life Minerva Clay 1942-05-16
Movie George Washington Slept Here Hester 1942-10-30
Movie Affectionately Yours Cynthia, Sue's Cook 1941-05-10
Movie The Great Lie Violet 1941-04-12
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Callie 1941-11-01
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Herself 1940-07-31
Movie Maryland Aunt Clara 1940-07-19
Movie Gone with the Wind Mammy 1939-12-15
Movie Zenobia Dehlia 1939-04-21
Movie Everybody's Baby Hattie 1939-03-24
Movie The Shopworn Angel Martha 1938-07-15
Movie Battle Of Broadway Agatha 1938-04-22
Movie The Shining Hour Belvedere 1938-11-18
Movie Vivacious Lady Hattie - Maid at Prom Dance (uncredited) 1938-08-31
Movie Carefree Hattie (uncredited) 1938-09-02
Movie The Mad Miss Manton Hilda 1938-10-21
Movie Racing Lady Abby 1937-01-29
Movie Don't Tell the Wife Mamie, Nancy's Maid (uncredited) 1937-03-05
Movie The Crime Nobody Saw Ambrosia 1937-03-12
Movie Saratoga Rosetta 1937-07-23
Movie Over the Goal Hannah (as Hattie McDaniels) 1937-10-16
Movie Sky Racket Jenny 1937-10-01
Movie Nothing Sacred Mrs. Walker (uncredited) 1937-11-25
Movie Quick Money Hattie 1937-12-10
Movie True Confession Ella 1937-12-24
Movie Merry Go Round of 1938 Maid 1937-11-14
Movie Show Boat Queenie 1936-05-17
Movie Next Time We Love Hanna 1936-01-30
Movie The Singing Kid Maid 1936-04-10
Movie Arbor Day la mère de Buckwheat 1936-05-02
Movie High Tension Hattie 1936-05-06
Movie Postal Inspector Deborah 1936-08-16
Movie The Bride Walks Out Mamie - Carolyn's Maid (as Hattie McDaniels) 1936-07-10
Movie Star for a Night Hattie 1936-08-28
Movie Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Ellen Belle 1936-10-06
Movie Libeled Lady Scrubwoman in Grand Plaza Hall (uncredited) 1936-10-09
Movie Reunion Sadie 1936-11-20
Movie The Little Colonel Becky "Mom Beck" Porter 1935-02-22
Movie Traveling Saleslady Martha Smith (uncredited) 1935-03-28
Movie China Seas Dolly's Maid Isabel McCarthy (uncredited) 1935-08-09
Movie Alice Adams Malena Burns - Maid Serving Dinner 1935-08-23
Movie Murder by Television Isabella 1935-10-01
Movie We're Only Human Molly 1935-12-27
Movie Music Is Magic Hattie (Amanda in credits) 1935-11-01
Movie Operator 13 Annie (uncredited) 1934-06-08
Movie City Park Tessie 1934-05-01
Series The Three Stooges Unknown 1934-05-05
Movie Merry Wives of Reno Bunny's Maid (uncredited) 1934-05-12
Movie King Kelly of the U.S.A. Mop Buyer 1934-09-15
Movie Judge Priest Aunt Dilsey 1934-09-28
Movie Flirtation Abigail (uncredited) 1934-11-09
Movie Fate's Fathead Mandy - the Maid 1934-11-17
Movie Babbitt Rosalie 1934-12-08
Movie Goodbye Love Edna the Maid 1933-11-09
Movie I'm No Angel Manicurist 1933-10-06
Movie Hello, Sister! Woman in Apartment House 1933-04-14
Movie Blonde Venus Cora, Helen's Maid in New Orleans (uncredited) 1932-09-09
Movie The Washington Masquerade Maid (uncredited) 1932-07-09
Movie Are You Listening? Performer entering radio station 1932-03-20
Movie The Impatient Maiden Injured Patient 1932-03-01

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