Black History Month:Hattie McDaniel


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Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Oscar in 1940 for the role of Mammy in Gone With The Wind.

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She had to sit at a blacks-only table during the Oscar ceremony because of segregation laws of the time. In addition to acting in many films, McDaniel was a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star; she was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. She received screen credits for only 80 films, however McDaniel was in over 300 films during her expansive career.

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