Hattie McDaniel was born June 10, 1895. McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award. She won “Best Supporting Actress” for the role as “Mammy” in “Gone with the Wind“. One of McDaniel’s most famous quotes is “I’d rather play a maid than be one. Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one”.