Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893  October 26, 1952) was an American actress, singer-songwriter, and comedian. For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939), she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first African American to win an Oscar. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975, and in 2006 she became the first Black Oscar winner honored with a U.S. postage stamp.[3] In 2010, she was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.[4] In addition to acting, McDaniel recorded 16 blues sides between 1926 and 1929 and was a radio performer and television personality; she was the first Black woman to sing on radio in the United States.[5][6] Although she appeared in more than 300 films, she received on-screen credits for only 83.[7] Her best known other major films are Alice Adams, In This Our Life and Since You Went Away.

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Hattie McDaniel
McDaniel in 1939
Born(1893-06-10)June 10, 1893[1][2]
DiedOctober 26, 1952(1952-10-26) (aged 59)
Resting placeAngelus-Rosedale Cemetery
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter and comedian
Years active1920–1952
  • Howard Hickman
    (m. 1911; died 1915)
  • George Langford
    (m. 1922; died 1925)
  • James Lloyd Crawford
    (m. 1941; div. 1945)
  • Larry Williams
    (m. 1949; div. 1950)
RelativesEtta McDaniel (sister)
Sam McDaniel (brother)

McDaniel experienced racism and racial segregation throughout her career, and was unable to attend the premiere of Gone with the Wind in Atlanta because it was held at a whites-only theater. At the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, she sat at a segregated table at the side of the room. In 1952, McDaniel died due to breast cancer. Her final wish to be buried in Hollywood Cemetery was denied due to the graveyard being restricted to whites-only at the time.