Hattie McDaniel: Women Who Have Changed History

Hattie McDaniel: Women Who Have Changed History

Actress Hattie McDaniel was born in 1895 in Kansas and was the youngest of 13 children. By 1925, she became the very first African-American woman on the radio.

In 1934 she appeared on-screen for the first time in Judge Priest. In 1939, Hattie landed the role that she would become known for throughout history: Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

Though many critics will criticize the film and Hattie's character as insulting to African Americans, the role opened doors for Hattie and she later became the first black woman to win an Academy Award, as Best Supporting Actress.

Hattie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1952 and died soon after. She will forever be remembered and was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975.

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