Hattie McDaniel

photo “1941hattie” by Scanned by Myra Wysinger and uploaded. Photo from family photo collection. Autographed copy of Hattie McDaniel’s July 10, 1941.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Date of Birth: June 10, 1893

Place of Birth: Wichita, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Death: October 26, 1952

Place of Death: Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: African-American

Hattie McDaniel was an American actress, professional singer and songwriter, and comedian. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939). She was the first African-American to win an Academy Award.

Hattie was the daughter of Susan (Holbert) and Henry McDaniel, who were former slaves. Her father fought in the Civil War, with the 122nd U.S. Colored Troops. Her mother sang gospel. Hattie was raised in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado.

Her siblings were actors Sam McDaniel (Samuel Rufus McDaniel) and Etta McDaniel.

Hattie was married to Howard Hickman, until his death, and to George Langford, until his death.

Source: Death record of Hattie McDaniel – https://www.findagrave.com

2 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    first African-American to win an Academy Award, and the people who prepared her speech, actually wrote for her to say she was a credit to her race, and she said it. However I guess she had to work, so she said what they told her to say

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