Hattie McDaniel


African-American Firsts: Film & TV: Actress Hattie McDaniel makes history in 1940 as the first African-American ever to win an Academy Award - Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)

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Today’s highlight:

Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952)

Actress and radio performer. First Black Woman to win an Academy Award

Interesting facts:

  • Born to freed slaves
  • Began her career performing for traveling black minstrel shows in the West
  • In 1932, made her film debut in The Golden’s West
  • In 1939, won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Gone With The Wind
  • First black actress to star on her own radio show

“I did my best, God did the rest.” “A woman’s gifts will make room for her.”

Sources: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0800621.html






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