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Hattie McDaniel

(1895 - 1952)

  • Born in Wichita
  • Enjoyed singing with her family's musical show
  • Began singing on radio shows
  • So popular she moved to motion pictures
  • First African American woman to receive an Academy Award—Gone with the Wind (1939)
  • Appeared in more than 300 films

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