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Hattie McDaniel

Actress Hattie McDaniel

Profession: Actress

United States of America

Biography: First African American actress to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in "Gone With The Wind".

She was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975.

Born: June 10, 1895
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: October 26, 1952 (aged 57)
Cause of Death: Breast cancer

Married Life

  • 1911-01-11 American actress Hattie McDaniel (16) weds pianist Howard Hickman (30) in Denver, Colorado
  • 1941-03-21 American Actress Hattie McDaniel (45) weds real estate salesman James Lloyd Crawford; divorced 1945
  • 1949-06-11 American Actress Hattie McDaniel (54) weds interior decorator Larry Williams in Yuma, Arizona; divorced 1950

Historical Events

  • 1940-02-29 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone With The Wind"
  • 2006-01-29 US Postal Service releases 39-cent stamp featuring Hattie McDaniel in the dress she wore in 1940 when she became the 1st African-American actress to accept an Academy Award

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