I thought I would share this post about a woman I very much admire, Hattie McDaniel. The injustices she had to endure during her career paved the way for some of my favorite actresses of today like Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Not only was Hattie McDaniel the first African American to win an Academy Award but she was also the first African American to sing on the radio.
Some of her movies include: The Little Colonel (1935), China Seas (1935), Alice Adams (1935), Saratoga (1937), Vivacious Lady (1938), and of course Gone With The Wind (1939). She has appeared with Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Bela Lugosi, James Stewart, Bette Davis, and Katharine Hepburn.
Hattie McDaniel’s roles were that of sassy African American housemaids. It was her greatest role in Gone with the Wind that won her the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Her Oscar was not the familiar golden statue, but a 5-1/2″ x 6” plaque. At the time this was the type of award given to the Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
McDaniel was not able to attend the Gone with…
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