Hattie McDaniel

  • Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas, United States
  • Died: October 26, 1952
  • Profession: Actor, Radio personality
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Fast Facts

  • Before she became famous, she worked as a bathroom attendant and a traveling minstrel performer.
  • Portrayed Queenie in the touring production of Show Boat; reprised the role in the film version starring Irene Dunne.
  • Was one of the first African-American women to be broadcast on radio.
  • Was the first African-American to win an Academy Award, for her performance in Gone with the Wind (1939); won the award over her costar, Olivia de Havilland.
  • When criticized for constantly portraying domestic servants, she replied, "I'd rather play the part than be one."
  • Has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Awards

  • 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Susan McDaniel — Mother
  • Howard Hickman — Ex-husband
  • James Lloyd Crawford — Ex-husband
  • George Langford — Ex-husband
  • Larry Williams — Ex-husband
  • Henry McDaniel — Father

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  • Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas, United States
  • Died: October 26, 1952
  • Profession: Actor, Radio personality