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Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893 – October 26, 1952) was an American actress of stage and screen, professional singer-songwriter, and comedian. She is best known for her role as "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first Oscar 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 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, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar winner honored with a US postage stamp. In 2010, she was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 10th, 1895 (Wichita), Died October 26th, 1952 (Woodland Hills)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1926 - 1927

Roles Represented in DAHR: contralto, lyricist, composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh 9899 10-in. 11/17/1926 I wish I had somebody Hattie McDaniels Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9900 10-in. 11/17/1926 Boo hoo blues Hattie McDaniels Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  
OKeh 9901 Not documented 11/17/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Hattie McDaniels Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh 9902 Not documented 11/17/1926 [Unknown title(s)] Hattie McDaniels Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80845 10-in. 5/7/1927 Wonderful dream Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W80846 10-in. 5/7/1927 Lonely heart Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto, composer  
OKeh W80852 10-in. 5/10/1927 Sam Henry blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh W80853 10-in. 5/10/1927 Poor boy blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist, contralto  
OKeh W82061 10-in. 12/14/1927 I thought I'd do it Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W82062 10-in. 12/14/1927 Just one sorrowing heart Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  
OKeh W82063 10-in. 12/14/1927 Sam Henry blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, lyricist  
OKeh W82064 10-in. 12/14/1927 Destroyin' blues Hattie McDaniel Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, contralto, composer, lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "McDaniel, Hattie," accessed October 21, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104951.

McDaniel, Hattie. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104951.

"McDaniel, Hattie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104951

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