Tuesday, December 25, 2007
McDANIEL, HATTIE Born in 1898, Hattie McDaniel was the first black recipient of an Academy Award in the motion picture industry. A native of Kansas, McDaniel's professional career included successful stints in vaudeville, radio and, finally, in the movies. She was awarded an "Oscar" for "best supporting actress" in 1939 for her powerful and moving portrayal of a southern "mammy" in Gone With the Wind. She died on October 26, 1952.