#BlackHistoryMonth Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel was born June 10, 1895, in Wichita, Kansas. She was an actress, singer, comedian, songwriter, stage actress, and radio performer. She was one of the first African American women to sing on the radio. McDaniel is best known for her role as Mammy in the 1939, film Gone With The Wind. The role she portrayed earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, which made her the first African American to do so. McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. One is for her contribution radio and the other is for acting. McDaniel was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975. In 2006, McDaniel was honored with an U.S. postage stamp, which made her the first African American Academy Award winner to do so. Hattie McDaniel died on October 26, 1952 of Breast Cancer

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