Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel

  • Born on
    • June 10th, 1895
  • Died on
    • October 26th, 1952
Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893 - October 26, 1952) 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 person 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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Acting (38 Credits)

2014And the Oscar Goes to...
1988The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1949The Big Wheel as Minnie
1946Song of the South as Aunt Tempy
1946Never Say Goodbye as Cozy
1946Margie as Cynthia
1944Since You Went Away as Fidelia
1943Johnny Come Lately as Aida
1943Thank Your Lucky Stars as Gossip in 'Ice Cold Katie' Number
1942George Washington Slept Here as Hester
1942The Male Animal as Cleota
1942In This Our Life as Minerva Clay
1941The Great Lie as Violet
1941Affectionately Yours as Cynthia, Sue's Cook
1941They Died with Their Boots on as Callie
1939Gone with the Wind as Mammy
1939Zenobia as Dehlia
1938The Shopworn Angel as Martha
1938The Shining Hour as Belvedere
1938The Mad Miss Manton as Hilda
1938Carefree as Hattie (uncredited)
1938Vivacious Lady as Hattie (uncredited)
1937Saratoga as Rosetta
1937True Confession as Ella
1937Nothing Sacred as Mrs. Walker (uncredited)
1936Next Time We Love as Hanna
1936Show Boat as Queenie
1936The Bride Walks Out as Mamie
1936Libeled Lady as Scrubwoman in Grand Plaza Hall (uncredited)
1935Murder by Television as Isabella
1935The Little Colonel as Becky "Mom Beck" Porter
1935Alice Adams as Malena Burns - Maid Serving Dinner
1935China Seas as Isabel McCarthy (uncredited)
1934Judge Priest as Aunt Dilsey
1934Operator 13 as Annie (uncredited)
1934Imitation of Life as Woman at Funeral (uncredited)
1933I'm No Angel as Manicurist
1932Blonde Venus as Cora, Helen's Maid in New Orleans (uncredited)


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