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.

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