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Hattie McDaniel

Born Jun 10, 1895

Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award. She won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind. In addition to having acted in many films, McDaniel was a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. Hattie McDaniel was in fact the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.… Read More

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1895 Birth Hattie McDaniel was born June 10, 1895, in Wichita, Kansas, to former slaves. … Read More


1916 21 Years Old In addition to performing, Hattie was also a songwriter, a skill she honed while working with her brother's minstrel show. After the death of her brother Otis in 1916, the troupe began to lose money, and it wasn't until 1920 that Hattie got her next big break.
1920 25 Years Old During 1920–25, she appeared with Professor George Morrison's Melody Hounds, a touring black ensemble, and in the mid-1920s she embarked on a radio career, singing with the Melody Hounds on station KOA in Denver.
1922 27 Years Old McDaniel's first husband, George Langford, died in 1922, soon after she married him and while her career was on the rise, and her father died the same year.


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In 1926–1929 she also recorded many of her songs on Okeh Records and Paramount Records in Chicago.
1929 34 Years Old When the stock market crashed in 1929, the only work McDaniel could find was as a wash-room attendant and waitress at Club Madrid in Milwaukee. … Read More
1931 36 Years Old In 1931, McDaniel made her way to Los Angeles to join her brother Sam and sisters Etta and Orlena. … Read More
1934 39 Years Old In 1934, McDaniel joined the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). … Read More


1935 40 Years Old In 1935 McDaniel had prominent roles with her performances as a slovenly maid in RKO Pictures' Alice Adams, a comic part as Jean Harlow's maid/traveling companion in MGM's China Seas, the latter her first film with Clark Gable, and as Isabella the maid in Murder by Television with Béla Lugosi. … Read More
1936 41 Years Old McDaniel had a featured role as Queenie in Universal Pictures's 1936 version of Show Boat, starring Allan Jones, and Irene Dunne, and sang a verse of Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man with Dunne, Helen Morgan, Paul Robeson, and the black chorus. … Read More
1938 43 Years Old She married Howard Hickman in 1938 but divorced him later in that year.
The Loew's Grand Theater on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia, was selected by the studio as the site for the premiere of Gone with the Wind, Friday, December 15, 1939. … Read More
1940 45 Years Old The Twelfth Academy Awards took place at the Coconut Grove Restaurant of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. It was preceded by a banquet in the same room. Louella Parsons, an American gossip columnist, wrote about Oscar night, February 29, 1940: … Read More
1941 46 Years Old In 1941, she married James Lloyd Crawford, a real estate salesman.
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In the 1942 Warner Bros. film In This Our Life, starring Bette Davis and directed by John Huston, McDaniel once again played a domestic, but one who confronts racial issues, as her law student son is wrongly accused of manslaughter. … Read More


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According to the book, Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams by Donald Bogle, McDaniel happily confided to gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in 1945 that she was pregnant. … Read More
1949 54 Years Old On June 11, 1949, in Yuma, Arizona, she married Larry Williams, an interior decorator, but divorced him in 1950 after testifying that their five months together had been marred by "arguing and fussing". … Read More
1951 56 Years Old McDaniel's last will and testament of December 1951 awarded her Oscar to Howard University, where she had been honored by the students with a luncheon after she had won her Oscar. … Read More
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…  By the spring of 1952, she was too ill to work and was replaced by Louise Beavers. … Read More
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