Hattie McDaniel, First Black Oscar Winner, Has A Biopic On the Way
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For decades on end, the entertainment and film industries have been heavily-plagued by racism. In 1939, Hattie McDaniel became the first Black woman to win an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) for her infamous role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind” – starring alongside Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh.

During that time, special exceptions had to be made just for McDaniel to be able to attend the 12th Academy Awards ceremony in-person at the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub – a venue that had a strict Whites-only policy. And even further, although she was one of the most famous Black actors of her time, she still did not receive a warm welcome and was not invited to sit at the same table with her co-stars. Instead, she had been led to observe the show from a small table in the back of the room. Following the awards show, she was also not invited to celebrate the win amongst her co-stars and colleagues.

McDaniel, the daughter of freed slaves, is now getting a biopic, produced by Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani. Stay tuned for more details as they become available!