Hattie Mcdaniel

Washington Post

Hattie McDaniel was the first Black Oscar winner. It didn’t help her career.

A previous version of this article misstated the name of the author of “Gone With the Wind.” She is Margaret Mitchell, not Martha. The article has been corrected. On the evening of Feb. 29, 1940, actress Hattie McDaniel, with white gardenias in her hair, swept into the Ambassador Hotel’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Los Angeles for the Academy Awards banquet. That night, she would become the first African American ever to win an Oscar for her role as an enslaved maid in the blockbuster movie “Gone With the Wind.”
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Hattie McDaniel: The first Black actor to win an Oscar

(BRPROUD) — Hattie McDaniel made history as the first Black actor to win an Academy Award in 1940 for her role in Gone With the Wind. McDaniel was born on June 10, 1893, in Wichita, Kansas. As a child living in Denver, Colorado, she discovered her singing talent at church and school. She decided to make talent a profession in high school when she started singing, dancing and performing skits in The Mighty Minstrels. McDaniel would eventually drop out of school to focus on her career.
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What We Know About The Rumored Romance Between Tallulah Bankhead And Hattie McDaniel

In the 2020 Netflix fictionalized miniseries "Hollywood," it's implied that actresses Tallulah Bankhead, pictured above and the star of films like Hitchcock's "Lifeboat," and Hattie McDaniel, best known for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind," may have been lovers. Much of the "Hollywood" series is true to life, while other aspects are made up, or otherwise dramatized, according to Heavy. So what do we really know about the rumored romance between these two early Hollywood film stars?
Indiana Daily Student

Black Voices: Hattie McDaniel deserves more recognition

Actress Hattie McDaniel is a seemingly forgotten icon and pioneer within the Black community and has been overshadowed in history. Born in 1893, McDaniel would go on to become the first Black person to ever win an Oscar for acting. Since making history for all Black people, McDaniel does not...

The Truth About Clark Gable's Relationship With Hattie McDaniel

"Gone With the Wind" is one of Clark Gable's most famous films. He played the role of Rhett Butler alongside Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara as the two lead characters. Though Gable was known as the "King of Hollywood" and was one of the highest0paid actors of the era (via The Los Angeles Times), "Gone With the Wind" was groundbreaking for more reasons than its leading man.

Five Actors Who Should Play Hattie McDaniel In A Biopic

Legendary actress Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actor to win an Oscar, snagging the award in 1939 for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. At a time when racism and prejudice were strife in Hollywood, with blackface still a common form of entertainment, Hattie McDaniel was able to carve a place for herself as one of the most esteemed actresses of her time. Entertainment Weekly wrote about Hattie McDaniel’s legacy in 2018, taking note of her historic firsts but also reminding us of the controversies that involved the characters she was cast to play. “Black audiences criticized her for perpetuating negative stereotypes, and white filmmakers cast her only in domestic-servant roles. “I’d rather play a maid than be a maid,” she famously told her critics, but by the time of her death in 1952, she was a polarizing figure, forever associated with Mammy, Scarlett O’Hara’s feisty house slave.” Regardless of people’s thoughts on McDaniel’s ultimate legacy, her life deserves to be memorialized in a proper biopic. In fact, one is already in the works, an indie film that is set to star Raven Goodwin, according to Deadline. If movie execs decided to develop a major studio biopic about the actress, here are a few casting suggestions to portray the legendary Academy-Award-winning actress.