Hattie McDaniel Biography

Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Wiki Biography: After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn, she makes it clear she has little use for her employers' pretentious status seeking. By The Mad Miss Manton (1938) she actually tells off her socialite employer Barbara Stanwyck and her snooty friends. This path extends into the greatest role of her career, Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). Here she is, in a number of ways, superior to most of the white folk surrounding her. From that point here roles unfortunately descended, with her characters becoming more and more menial. She played on the "Amos and Andy" and Eddie Cantor radio shows in the 1930s and 1940s; the title in her own radio show "Beulah" (1947-51), and the same part on TV ("Beulah" (1950)). Her part in Gone with the Wind (1939) won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, the first black to win an Academy Award.

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Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Little Colonel 1935 0
Alice Adams Malena Burns, Maid Serving Dinner 1935 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Shopworn Angel 1938 0, Biography
The Mad Miss Manton 1938 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
The Shining Hour 1938 Drama, Romance
Gone with the Wind Mammy - House Servant 1939 Romance, 0
Zenobia 1939 Comedy
They Died with Their Boots On 1941 0, Biography
The Great Lie Violet 1941
In This Our Life 1942 0
George Washington Slept Here Hester 1942
The Male Animal 1942 Comedy, Romance
Since You Went Away 1944 Drama, Romance
Song of the South 1946 Animation, Family, Music
The Big Wheel 1949 Action, Drama