Born 1893 to former slaves in Wichita, Kansas, American stage actress, professional singer-songwriter, and comedian Hattie McDaniel made her first film appearance in The Golden West (1932). She received several other uncredited film roles in the early 1930s, often singing in choruses.
McDaniel starred with de Havilland and Gable in Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first Academy Award won by a black entertainer.
In addition to acting in many films, McDaniel recorded 16 blues sides between 1926–1929 (10 were issued), was a radio performer and television star; she was the first black woman to sing on radio in the United States. She appeared in over 300 films, although she received screen credits for only 83.
McDaniel died of breast cancer at age 59 in 1952. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to radio and one at 1719 Vine Street for acting in motion pictures.
In 1975, McDaniel was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar winner honored with a US postage stamp.
These beautiful pics that captured portraits of Hattie Mcdaniel in the 1930s and 1940s.