June 10, 2014 marks the 119th birthday of the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award. Hattie McDaniel who is most notably known for her character as the maid “Mammy” from Gone With The Wind. She would most likely be a force to be reckoned with if she had not died at age 60 from breast cancer. She paved the way for 5 other actresses to receive Academy Awards which is the most coveted and highest honor an actor/actress can receive. Female Oscar winners were Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost 1990), Halle Barry (Monsters Ball 2001), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls 2006), Mo’Nique (Precious, 2009) and Octavia Spencer (ironically she played a maid; The Help, 2011) and the list of actresses whose doors were opened because of Hattie could go on forever.
This fine actress lived her life with pride and dignity and she didn’t allow the fact that she was black to keep her from doing what she loved to do. It was others that had a problem with her. At one point in her career she held a superior status over the white actresses but according to her biography that was the turning point in her career. Her roles began to be menial and truthfully one does not have to be in the top position to be “on top”. Hattie McDaniel proved that long ago.
She has her image on an US Postage Stamp and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and I believe had she been given the equal opportunity Hattie’s name would have even more shine as it did for Gone With The Wind. I am so proud of the history and legacy of Hattie McDaniel and I am so glad that she is my sorority sister. She is a proud Honorary Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.
EARHUSTLE411 WISHES A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HATTIE MCDANIEL MAY SHE CONTINUE TO INSPIRE FROM HEAVEN.