Hattie McDaniel (Actress) – The Petition



Henry McDaniel – (1845 – 1922)          
Susan McDaniel – (1920)
Otis McDaniel – (1882 -1916)
Samuel McDaniel – (1886 – 1962)
Etta McDaniel – (1890 -1946)
Hattie McDaniel – (1895 – 1952)

Ruby McDaniel, Orlena McDaniel, Adele McDaniel, James McDaniel 


“The family settled for a time in Wichita, Kansas, which is where Hattie was born. Though Hattie’s birthdate is listed on some documents, and on her tombstone, as being June 10, 1895, a census taken in Kansas in 1895 states that she was two years old at the time. So it’s likely she was born in 1893.”

317 Cherry St.

After a while, the family decided to head west again, this time to Colorado. They settled in Fort Collins where Henry got work as a teamster. They rented a small house in the Black part of town (If you can say that a one-block area that included four African-American families in among several White families constitutes such a thing.) at 317 Cherry Street.

There young Hattie (probably about 7 years old) made friends with a little White girl around the corner, Ruth Collamer… As Hattie’s biographer, Carlton Jackson recounts,”

“At school, Hattie and Ruth played jacks on the flagstone sidewalks, and a game called, “Pom pom pullaway.” Hattie taught Ruth how to bounce a rubber ball while repeating in rhythm, “one, two, buckle your shoe.” Each afternoon after school Ruth’s father drove his cattle to pasture, always passing by the McDaniel’s residence on the way. Hattie frequently came out fo her house and walked wit the herd for a way, she and Ruth picking flowers (violets and “johnny jump ups” in the Spring), and, hand in hand, “hippety-hopping” through the fields.”

“But the McDaniels’ time in Fort Collins was short-lived. According to Hattie’s biographer, the family moved to Denver in 1901. There Hattie excelled in singing and oration and would often give recitations to her classes. She loved to sing around the house and sometimes her mother would give her a dime if she would promise to stay quiet for a while. Hattie confessed that it rarely worked for long. The music just kept bubbling out.

Hattie left high school early in order to follow her acting dream. She joined her brother Sam and sister Etta in Los Angeles to seek her fortune.”

Hattie McDaniel
(“AKA Mammy in “Gone with the Wind”)


(Hattie stands out in this classroom photo. (From the collection of Josephine Clements.)

Sam McDaniel 

Sam McDaniel
The brother of Oscar-winning actress Hattie McDaniel, he also had a long and prolific movie career. He appeared in 208 films but seldom got screen credit. Today his name is known only to cinema historians and trivia buffs. His credits include Hallelujah! (1929), The Public Enemy (1931), Grand Hotel (1932), Footlight Parade (1933), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), Belle of the Nineties (1934), Captains Courageous (1937), Jezebel (1938), Union Pacific (1939), They Died With Their Boots On (1941), Son of Dracula (1943), Double Indemnity (1944), The Egg and I (1947), Ma and Pa Kettle (1949), Carmen Jones (1954), A Hole in the Head (1959), Ice Palace (1960), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1960).

Sam had his own jazz band in the 1920s, playing on the radio and on the vaudeville circuit. The lead singer was his longtime girlfriend Roberta Hyson.

McDaniel was born in Witchita, Kansas. After 30 years of performing in minstrel troupes, he went to Hollywood in 1929, with Hattie McDaniel tagging along. To his surprise, it was his baby sister who became famous. He died at the Motion Picture Country Home. (bio by Bobb Edwards)

Born: January 28, 1886 – Died: September 24, 1962


Shirley Temple And Sam McDaniel Poor Little Rich Girl(cosmosonic.tumblr.com)

Gangway for Tomorrow (1943) as Hank (Credited as Sam McDaniels)

Sam McDaniel and Lillian Yarbo in The Naughty Nineties (1945)


Sam McDaniel and James Dunn in The Ghost and the Guest


Sam McDaniel and Clarence Muse (1933)

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Double Indemnity (1944) as Charlie, garage attendant (uncredited)

“McDaniel is familiar to modern viewers for his role as Spiffingham the Butler in the Three Stooges film Heavenly Daze.

Robert Wilcox, Helen Mack, Joe Sawyer and Sam McDaniel – “Gambling Ship” 

Having been the only African-American to ever appear in the I Love Lucy series, he was “Sam the Porter” in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy called “The Great Train Robbery.

Sam McDaniel (Sam, the Porter) appeared with a young Lucille Ball in Broadway Through a Keyhole (1933) and Kid Millions (1934). McDaniel has the distinction of being the first of only two African Americans to appear on “I Love Lucy” and the only one with a character name and lines. The other was singer Betty Allen, who would appear as a Kidoonan townsperson in “Lucy Goes To Scotland” (S5;E17).


10 Things You Should Know About Sam McDaniel



Actor (223 credits)
 1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Servant (uncredited)
 1960 Ice Palace
Porter (uncredited)
 1959 A Hole in the Head
Andy – Handyman (uncredited)
 1958 Party Girl
Jesse (uncredited)
 1958 St. Louis Blues
Drunk (uncredited)
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
The Marie Dupree Story (1958) … Skipio
 1957 Johnny Trouble
Doorman (uncredited)
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)

Dark Hammock (1957) … Goldie
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
President Jackson’s Butler

Jackson’s Assassination (1957) … President Jackson’s Butler
 1956 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)

A Tribute to Joel Chandler Harris (1956) … Herbert
 1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove
Townsman Outside Hospital (uncredited)
 1955 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Sam the Porter

The Great Train Robbery (1955) … Sam the Porter
 1955 A Man Called Peter
Henry – Waiter (uncredited)
 1954 Carmen Jones
Waiter (uncredited)
 1954 December Bride (TV Series)
Porter at train station

Lily Ruskin Arrives (1954) … Porter at train station
 1954 The Gambler from Natchez
Sam (uncredited)
1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
Moses – Bolduc’s Butler (uncredited)
 1953 Affair with a Stranger
Theatre Usher (uncredited)
 1953 Sangaree
Nancy’s Coachman (uncredited)
 1953 The President’s Lady
Henry (uncredited)

 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)

 1952 Something for the Birds
Party Waiter (uncredited)
 1952 Gobs and Gals
Dining Room Porter (uncredited)

 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)

Fair Exchange (1952)
 1951 Too Many Wives (Short)
 1951 The Amos ‘n Andy Show (TV Series)
Party Guest / Reverend Carter / Mr. Cunningham / …

Quo Vadis (1951) … Party Guest (uncredited)
Getting Mama Married: Part 1 (1951) … Reverend Carter (uncredited)
Call Lehigh 4-9900 (1951) … Mr. Cunningham (uncredited)
Kingfish’s Secretary (1951) … Customer (uncredited)
 1950 Blues Busters
Dimitri – Doorman (uncredited)
 1950 Girls’ School
Willie Jackson
 1949 Jackson and Jill (TV Series)

The Grand Lama Laughed (1949) … Porter
 1949 Always Leave Them Laughing
Porter (uncredited)
 1949 The File on Thelma Jordon
Porter (uncredited)
 1949 Flamingo Road
 1949 Ma and Pa Kettle
Dining Car Waiter (uncredited)
 1948 Heavenly Daze (Short)
 1948 The Babe Ruth Story
Locker Room Janitor (uncredited)
 1948 Race Street
Garage Attendant (uncredited)
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Porter (uncredited)
 1948 Heart of Virginia
‘Sunflower’ Jones
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Josh (uncredited)
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Doorman (uncredited)
 1947 I  Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
Waiter (uncredited)
 1947 Living in a Big Way
Porter (uncredited)
 1947 Seven Keys to Baldpate
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1947 High Barbaree
Bertram (uncredited)
 1947/I The Egg and I
Waiter on Train (uncredited)
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Porter (uncredited)
 1946 Gentleman Joe Palooka
Smoky – Second
 1946 Crack-Up
The Porter (uncredited)
 1946 Centennial Summer
Redcap (uncredited)
 1946 Joe Palooka, Champ
 1946 Do You Love Me
Bartender in Special Club Car (uncredited)
 1946 Without Reservations
Freddy (uncredited)
 1946 My Reputation
Jonathan (uncredited)
 1946 One Way to Love
Porter (uncredited)
 1945 She Wouldn’t Say Yes
Train Steward (uncredited)
 1945 Lady on a Train
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1945 The Naughty Nineties
Matt – Cook-Waiter (uncredited)
 1945 Dillinger
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1945 A Guy, a Gal and a Pal
Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Experiment Perilous
Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Music for Millions
George – Pullman Porter (uncredited)
 1944 The Very Thought of You
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
Servant (uncredited)
 1944 Sweet and Low-Down
George – Janitor (uncredited)
 1944  Marriage Is a Private Affair
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1944 When Strangers Marry
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1944 Three Little Sisters
Benjy (as Sam ‘Deacon’ McDaniel)
 1944 Home in Indiana
First Swipe (uncredited)
 1944 3  Men in White
Black Phone Operator (uncredited)
 1944 Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble
Pullman Porter (uncredited)
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Comet-Watcher (uncredited)
 1944 Important Business (Short)
Porter on Train (uncredited)
 1944 Double Indemnity
Charlie – Garage Attendant (uncredited)
 1943 Gangway for Tomorrow
Hank (as Sam McDaniels)
 1943 The Iron Major
Pete – Train Porter (uncredited)
 1943 Son of Dracula
Andy, Servant Who Greets Dracula (uncredited)
 1943 The Ghost and the Guest
Harmony Jones
 1943 After Midnight with Boston Blackie
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1943 Dixie Dugan
Night Porter (uncredited)
 1943 Silent Witness
 1942 Johnny Doughboy
Cook (uncredited)
 1942 The Traitor Within
 1942 Silver Queen
Toby (as Sam McDaniels)
 1942 You Can’t Escape Forever
Villa Gloria Doorman (uncredited)
 1942 The Daring Young Man
George (uncredited)
 1942 Men of Texas
Jeff (uncredited)
 1942 Grand Central Murder
Night Watchman (uncredited)
 1942 In This Our Life
Black Man in Jail (uncredited)
 1942 Mokey
Uncle Ben
 1942 I Was Framed
Kit Carson
 1942 Mr. and Mrs. North
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1942 All Through the Night
 1941They Died with Their Boots on
Waiter Serving Custer (uncredited)
 1941 Birth of the Blues
Black Clarinet Player (uncredited)
 1941 New York Town
Henry (uncredited)
 1941 You Belong to Me
Pierre (uncredited)
 1941 International Lady
Java (uncredited)
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Porter (uncredited)
 1941 Broadway Limited
Bartender (as Sam McDaniels)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Railroad Station Porter (uncredited)
 1941 South of Panama
Rodriguez Lincoln ‘Rod’ Jones
 1941 The Great Lie
 1941 Sleepers West
Porter (uncredited)
 1941 Golden Hoofs
Henry (uncredited)
 1941 Virginia
Servant (uncredited)
 1940 I’m Still Alive
William (uncredited)
 1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much
William Lovelace Jackson – Porter (uncredited)
 1940 Am I Guilty?
John D. Jones
 1940 Brother Orchid
Janitor Tripping Fire Alarms (uncredited)
 1940 Virginia City
Sam Moore – Kentucky Wagon Driver (uncredited)
 1940 Too Many Husbands
Porter (uncredited)
 1939 Days of Jesse James
Black Janitor (uncredited)
 1939 Pride of the Blue Grass
Domino Jones (as Sam McDaniels)
 1939 Chicken Wagon Family
Sam (uncredited)
 1939 Career
Henry (uncredited)
 1939 The Forgotten Woman
Porter (uncredited)
 1939 Good Girls Go to Paris
Sam – Train Porter (uncredited)
 1939 Sweepstakes Winner
Mose (uncredited)
 1939 Union Pacific
St. Louis Waiter (uncredited)
 1939 Let Us Live
Mose – Hold-Up Witness (uncredited)
 1939 Everybody’s Baby
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
 1939 They Made Me a Criminal
Splash (uncredited)
 1938  Gambling Ship
 1938 Up the River
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1938 Stablemates
Snowball, the Black Bookie (uncredited)
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Train Waiter (uncredited)
 1938 Four’s a Crowd
Jeff (uncredited)
 1938 Walking Down Broadway
Claybourne’s Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1938 Jezebel
Driver (uncredited)
 1938 Sergeant Murphy
Henry H. Henry (as Sam McDaniels)
 1937 Gangsters on the Loose
Police Capt. Holmes
 1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Black Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Reported Missing!
Black Man (uncredited)
 1937 The Singing Marine
Black Man (uncredited)
 1937 Born Reckless
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Captains Courageous
‘Doc’ (as Sam McDaniels)
 1937 Git Along Little Dogies
Sam Brown (uncredited)
 1937 A Family Affair
Whitey – Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1937 Nancy Steele Is Missing!
Convict (uncredited)
 1937 Dark Manhattan
Jack Jackson (as Sam McDaniels)
 1936 Love Letters of a Star
Garage Attendant
 1936 Polo Joe
Harvey the Waiter (uncredited)
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Eaton’s Butler (uncredited)
 1936 Sing, Baby, Sing
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1936 36 Hours to Kill
Dining Car Waiter (uncredited)
 1936 Rhythm on the Range
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1936 Poor Little Rich Girl
Rufus Washington Jackson Lee (uncredited)
 1936 Hearts Divided
Zachariah (uncredited)
 1936 Exclusive Story
Man Threatened by Acello (uncredited)
 1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Jeff [Chs. 2, 10-12]
 1936 Riffraff
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1935 The Calling of Dan Matthews
Sam (uncredited)
 1935 Rendezvous
Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Stormy
Mack’s Hostler (uncredited)
 1935 King Solomon of Broadway
Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Zeke (uncredited)
 1935 We’re in the Money
Men’s Club Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 Woman Wanted
Oscar (uncredited)
 1935 Lady Tubbs
Reckless (uncredited)
 1935 Stranded
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1935 The Unwelcome Stranger
Pot Roast (as Sam McDaniels)
 1935 George White’s 1935 Scandals
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Two Hearts in Wax Time (Short)
Deck Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 It Happened in New York
Porter (uncredited)
 1935 Gold Diggers of 1935
Janitor (uncredited)
 1935 The Perfect Clue
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Babbitt
Howard – Janitor (uncredited)
 1934 Kid Millions
Ship’s Steward (uncredited)
 1934 Evelyn Prentice
Porter (uncredited)
 1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 Belle of the Nineties
Jasmine’s Admirer (uncredited)
 1934 Wagon Wheels
Negro Coachman (as Sam McDaniels)
 1934 The Human Side
Porter (uncredited)
 1934 The Dragon Murder Case
Steam Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 Contented Calves (Short)
Eli – the Porter (uncredited)
 1934 The Girl from Missouri
Porter on Train (uncredited)
 1934 Here Comes the Navy
Washroom Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 The Old Fashioned Way
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Operator 13
Rufus (uncredited)
 1934 Manhattan Melodrama
Black Prisoner on Death Row (uncredited)
 1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts
Deacon (uncredited)
 1934 Rough Necking (Short)
Anatole (uncredited)
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Cleaning Man (uncredited)
 1934 Dark Hazard
George–Train Porter (uncredited)
 1934 Fugitive Lovers
Station Attendant Washing Floor (uncredited)
 1933 Going Hollywood
Rasputin (uncredited)
 1933 Lady Killer
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Christopher Bean
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 College Coach
Lunch Wagon Proprietor (uncredited)
 1933 The Chief
Bootblack (uncredited)
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Gus – Rocci’s Valet (uncredited)
 1933 Only Yesterday
Red Cap Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Footlight Parade
Porter in ‘Honeymoon Hotel’ (uncredited)
 1933 Life in the Raw
Waiter (uncredited)
 1933 Hold Your Man
Porter at Train Station (uncredited)
 1933 Gambling Ship
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Central Airport
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1933 From Hell to Heaven
Bettor (uncredited)
 1933 Grand Slam
Contest Radio Listener (uncredited)
 1933 Whistling in the Dark
Porter (uncredited)
 1933 Employees’ Entrance
Hotel Janitor (uncredited)
 1932 The Golden West
Sam the Coachman (uncredited)
 1932 Once in a Lifetime
Train Porter (uncredited)
 1932 The All-American
McCormick’s Butler (uncredited)
 1932 Movie Crazy
Men’s Room Valet (uncredited)
 1932 The Vanishing Frontier
Whistlin’ Zeke (as Deacon McDaniels)
 1932 The Rich Are Always with Us
Max – Julian’s Butler (uncredited)
 1932/I Grand Hotel
Bartender (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1932 Are You Listening?
Prisoner at Train Station (uncredited)
 1932 Union Depot
Redcap Train Porter (uncredited)
 1931 Guilty Hands
Jimmy, a Black Servant (uncredited)
 1931 A Free Soul
Casino Valet (uncredited)
 1931 The Public Enemy
Headwaiter (uncredited)
 1931 Dance, Fools, Dance
Luva’s Butler (uncredited)
 1929 Brown Gravy (Short)
 1929 Hallelujah
Adam (uncredited)


Hattie, Etta and Sam McDaniel

circa 1931/1940, Los Angeles.
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The McDaniel siblings (Otis, Sam, Etta & Hattie) were performing in the early 1900’s, way before the bright lights of Hollywood.


The McDaniel Sisters Company

Etta McDaniel and Hattie McDaniel in The McDaniel Sisters Company (1914)
One of the first 19th century minstrel shows created and produced by African American trailblazers Hattie McDaniel and Etta Goff (McDaniel), featuring songs and dances while defying racial and gender stereotypes of the time through comedy
Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel Etta McDaniel Sam McDaniel

Etta McDaniel 

Etta McDaniel was born on December 1, 1890, in Wichita, Kansas, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for The Great Man’s Lady (1941), What a Man! (1944), and Johnny Doughboy (1942). She died on January 13, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

She began in vaudeville with H. M. Johnson’s Denver-based “Mighty Modern Minstrels“. From 1933, she was typecast in Hollywood films as maids and mammies.

Etta McDaniel, sister of renowned character actress Hattie. She was in 61 movies from 1933 to 1946, mostly in maid or mammy roles. Her first film role was as a native in King Kong, and she appeared in such films as Stella Dallas and Son of Dracula. Pictured here in False Faces (1943), a run of the mill Republic Studios murder mystery, with a few extra twists to the script courtesy of writer Curt Siodmak. Paired with slow and querulous Nick (Nicodemus) Stewart as an apartment building maid

Etta McDaniel, sister of renowned character actress Hattie. She was in 61 movies from 1933 to 1946, mostly in maid or mammy roles. Her first film role was as a native in King Kong, and she appeared in such films as Stella Dallas and Son of Dracula.  Pictured here in False Faces(1943), a run-of-the-mill Republic Studios murder mystery, with a few extra twists to the script courtesy of writer Curt Siodmak. Paired with slow and querulous Nick (Nicodemus) Stewart as an apartment building maid.

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Etta played uncredited bits, usually as maids and mammies, in 58 films. Perhaps her most memorable moment is in “King Kong” (1933), as the native woman with the coconut bra snatches her baby away from the rampaging ape. Her other credits include The Green Pastures (1936), The Devil Is a Sissy  (1936), Stella  Dallas (1937), Sergeant Madden (1939), Son of Dracula (1943), and The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).

Mokey (1942) , Sam McDaniel (as Uncle Ben) and Etta McDaniel

(1936) The Invisible Ray

(1936) The Lonely Trail

JEAN DIXON, ETTA McDANIEL and BILL BURRUD – “The Magnificent Brute” (1936 )

(1945) Calling All Fibbers (Short)
as Sasparilla


Etta McDaniel was born in Wichita, Kansas. She made her performing debut with her seven siblings as a member of H. M. Johnson’s Mighty  Modern Minstrels, a Denver-based vaudeville troupe. In 1933, she settled in  Hollywood. – (bio by Bobb  Edwards)




Actress (61 credits)
 1945 Calling All Fibbers (Short)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Etta – Texas’ Maid (uncredited)
 1944 The Thin Man Goes Home
Ronson’s Maid (uncredited)
 1944 What a Man!
 1943 Son of Dracula
 1943 False Faces
 1943 They Came to Blow Up America
Theresa – Steelmann’s Maid
 1943 They Got Me Covered
Georgia (uncredited)
 1942 Johnny Doughboy
 1942 American Empire
Willa May
 1942 Kiss and Wake Up (Short)
 1942 Mokey
Cindy Molishus
 1942 Hay Foot
Barkley’s Cook (uncredited)
 1941 Know for Sure (Short)
Supporting Role (uncredited)
 1941 The Great Man’s Lady
 1941 The Pittsburgh Kid
 1941 Thieves Fall Out
 1941 Golden Hoofs
Divinity (uncredited)
 1940 Charter Pilot
 1940 Give Us Wings
Cook (uncredited)
 1940 Life with Henry
Kleopatra ‘Kleo’ Johnson
 1940 Carolina Moon
 1940 The House Across the Bay
Lydia (uncredited)
 1940 The Farmer’s Daughter
Anna (uncredited)
 1939 Chicken Wagon Family
Black Mammy (uncredited)
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Dove – Madden’s Maid
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Mammy (uncredited)
 1938/II Keep Smiling
 1938 Twenty Girls and a Band (Short)
Etta – the Maid (uncredited)
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Blake’s Black Maid (uncredited)
 1938 Termites of 1938 (Short)
Mandy – The Maid (uncredited)
 1937 Man Bites Lovebug (Short)
The Maid (uncredited)
 1937 Living on Love
Lizbeth (as Etta McDaniels)
 1937 On Such a Night
 1937 Stella Dallas
Agnes (uncredited)
 1937 Sweetheart of the Navy
Lily, the Cook
 1937 The Go Getter
Wife of Mr. J. Brown #2 (uncredited)
 1937 Mile a Minute Love
 1937 Love Is News
Woman Getting Marriage License (uncredited)
 1936 Mysterious Crossing
Cook (uncredited)
 1936 Smartest Girl in Town
Phoebe – the Maid (uncredited)
 1936 The Magnificent Brute
 1936 The Devil Is a Sissy
Molly (as Etta McDaniels)
 1936 Bulldog Edition
Mrs. Jones (uncredited)
 1936 The Green Pastures
Heckler at the Ark (uncredited)
 1936 The Glory Trail
Mandy Johnson
 1936 Palm Springs
Mammy (uncredited)
 1936 Hearts in Bondage
 1936 The Lonely Trail
Mammy (as Etta Mcdaniels)
 1936 The Music Goes ‘Round
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1936 The Lawless Nineties
Mandy Lou Schaefer
 1936 The Prisoner of Shark Island
Aunt Rosabelle Milford
 1936 The Invisible Ray
Diane’s Safari Attendant (uncredited)
 1935 Personal Maid’s Secret
Maid (uncredited)
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Tiny Millbank
 1935 The Arizonian
Sarah (uncredited)
 1934 Smoking Guns
Clementine (as Etta McDaniels)
 1933 King Kong
Native (uncredited)


Otis McDaniel 

Otis McDaniel (Brother) Birth: Nov., 1882 Death: Nov., 1916 Entertainer. A noted Vaudevillian, he was the driving force behind the Henry McDaniel Minstrel Show. Brother of Hattie McDaniel. (bio by: Laurie)

Otis McDaniel (Brother)
Birth: Nov. 1882
Death: Nov. 1916
Entertainer. A noted Vaudevillian, he was the driving force behind the Henry McDaniel Minstrel Show. Brother of Hattie McDaniel. (bio by Laurie)


Her parents introduced her to music and entertainment early on- her father was a Baptist preacher yet also sang and played the banjo in minstrel shows and her mother was a gospel singer. The family moved to Denver in 1901. “McDaniel was one of only two Black children in her elementary school class in Denver. Racial prejudice was less virulent in the West than elsewhere in the United States, and she became something of a favorite at the 24th Street Elementary School for her talents as a singer and reciter of poetry.

Even as a child, according to a letter written to Hattie years later by her teacher, “you had an outstanding dramatic ability, and ability to project to your listeners your strong personality and your ever-present sense of humor.” By high school, Hattie’s talents were already starting to shine in school and church; thus began her early career as a singer and a dancer.

She often joined her father’s (Henry McDaniel Minstrel Show) minstrel act and toured with other vaudevillian troupes. and several other troupes. The minstrel shows, usually performed by Blacks but sometimes by Whites in blackface, presented a variety of entertainments based on caricatures of Black cultural life for the enjoyment of mostly White audiences. With her father’s troupe, which also featured a number of her brothers and sisters, she visited most of the major cities in the western United States while honing the skills that would later make her famous. In addition to performing, Hattie was also a songwriter, a skill she honed while working with her brother’s minstrel show.


Hattie’s father was a Civil War soldier who fought in the United States Colored Infantry as a freed Virginians slave. He survived the war, but was injured, and McDaniel’s mother also survived slavery.

Hattie’s father, Henry, had been born into slavery in Virginia. During the Civil War, he joined the Union Army, though he worked non-combat roles. After the war, Henry was a bit of a nomad. He began to preach in Baptist churches. He was also skilled at singing and oratory and would perform wherever he went. While in Nashville, Tennessee, he met Susan Holbert, a gospel singer. Henry and Susan were married in 1875 and had thirteen children, over half of whom died at birth or soon after.

After the death of her brother Otis in 1916, the troupe began to lose money, and it wasn’t until 1920 that Hattie got her next big break. During 1920–25, she appeared with Professor George Morrison’s Melody Hounds, a touring Black ensemble, and in the mid-1920s she embarked on a radio career, singing with the Melody Hounds on station KOA in Denver.  In 1925, she became one of the first African-American women of radio- and the very first Black female voice to sing on the radio.

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