Happy Birthday: Hattie McDaniel (1895–1952)

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hattiemcdanielHappy Birthday actor Hattie McDaniel (1895–1952)

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

Died: October 26, 1952 (age 57) in Woodland Hills, California, USA

Arguably the first African-American woman to sing on radio (1915, with Professor George Morrison’s Negro Orchestra, Denver, CO); first African-American to be buried in Los Angeles’ Rosedale Cemetery

The human “Mammy” character in the Tom+Jerry Cartoons was based on her. This human supporting character was best remembered for shouting “THOMAS” very loudly.

Was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). She became the first African-American to attend the Academy Awards as a guest, not a servant.

47 years after her death, has been memorialized by a pink-and-gray granite monument at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Her wish to be buried in Hollywood at her death in…

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