Hattie McDaniel (Actress) – Petition

 

In the early ’30s when she moved to L.A., she was able to garner small roles on the radio through her brother, Sam, and sister Etta (already working in radio/film)- which turned into bit roles as extras in films. In order to get by, she took on odd jobs in domestic work while pursuing radio and film work.

1934, she landed her first big break on-screen role as a maid in John Ford's Judge Priest.

In 1934, she landed her first big break on-screen role as a maid in John Ford’s Judge Priest.

In the first of two films Hattie made at RKO with Ginger Rogers in 1938, VIVACIOUS LADY (right), she plays the small and rather unremarkable role of a washroom attendant. Later that year in CAREFREE (1938), Ginger's eighth musical with Fred Astaire and a decent screwball comedy, Hattie once again makes a very minor contribution, this time as an attendant (named "Hattie") at the country club where most of the plot takes place.

In the first of two films Hattie made at RKO with Ginger Rogers in 1938, VIVACIOUS LADY(right), she plays the small and rather unremarkable role of a washroom attendant. Later that year in CAREFREE(1938), Ginger’s eighth musical with Fred Astaire and a decent screwball comedy, Hattie once again makes a very minor contribution, this time as an attendant (named “Hattie”) at the country club where most of the plot takes place.

HATTIE McDANIEL TRIBUTE

SHOW BOAT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_Boat_(1936_film)

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson in the musical Showboat

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson in the musical Showboat

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson

Hattie McDaniel and Paul Robeson

Queenie's Ballyhoo - Show Boat (1929)

Queenie’s Ballyhoo – Show Boat (1929)

SHOWBOAT

 

Helen Morgan, Hattie & Irene Dunne in "Show Boat" (1936).

Helen Morgan, Hattie and Irene Dunne in Show Boat (1936).

The Great Lie 1941

Thank Your Lucky Stars –  1943

Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best

Hattie McDaniel and Willie Best

 

 

 

 

Hattie McDaniel and Ruby Dandridge

Hattie McDaniel and Ruby Dandridge FANPICS.net

Hattie McDaniel is Beulah and Ruby Dandridge is Oriole in a clip from The Beulah Show (1952).

 

Evelyn Venable, Shirley Temple, and Hattie McDaniel in The Little Colonel 1935

Evelyn Venable, Shirley Temple, and Hattie McDaniel in The Little Colonel 1935
Shirley Temple & Hattie McDaniel in The Little Colonel

Shirley Temple & Hattie McDaniel in The Little Colonel

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Hattie McDaniel: "Sooner or Later" 1946

Hattie McDaniel: Sooner or Later 1946

Hattie McDaniel: “Sooner or Later” 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4g-bCQtKhM&feature=share&list=RDX4g-bCQtKhM

1942 Olivia DeHaviland and Hattie McDaniel are co stars again, In This Our Life. One of the few movies she did not play a maid.

1942 Olivia DeHaviland and Hattie McDaniel are co-stars again, In This Our Life. One of the few movies she did not play a maid.

Hattie plays Aida, the cook and housekeeper for a small-town widow and newspaper publisher trying to rid the town of corruption in JOHNNY COME LATELY (1943), a turn-of-the-century story starring James Cagney (tasting Aida's pork chops at right) alongside stage star Grace George (as the publisher) and small-town character actress Marjorie Main.

Hattie plays Aida, the cook and housekeeper for a small-town widow and newspaper publisher trying to rid the town of corruption in JOHNNY COME LATELY(1943), a turn-of-the-century story starring James Cagney (tasting Aida’s pork chops at right) alongside stage star Grace George (as the publisher) and small-town character actress Marjorie Main.

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Though most frequently happy and easy-going on-screen, Hattie’s personal life was often anything but. Her four marriages were all short, the first ended by the tragic shooting death of her husband in 1922, and the next three ending in divorce. She had no children.

 
Photograph of actress Hattie McDaniel and her husband, Lloyd Crawford, on the couple's wedding day.

Photograph of actress Hattie McDaniel and her husband, Lloyd Crawford, on the couple’s wedding day.

Spouse(s) George Langford (1922–1922) (his death) Howard Hickman (1938–1938) (divorced) James Lloyd Crawford (1941–1945) (divorced) Larry Williams (1949–1950) (divorced)

“Hattie McDaniel’s first husband, George Langford, died in 1922, soon after she married him and while her career was on the rise, and her father died the same year. She married Howard Hickman in 1938 but divorced him later that year. In 1941, she married James Lloyd Crawford, a real estate salesman. According to the book, Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams by Donald Bogle, McDaniel happily confided to gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in 1945 that she was pregnant. McDaniel began buying baby clothes and set up a nursery in her house. Her plans were shattered when she suffered a false pregnancy, and McDaniel fell into a depression. She never had any children and divorced Crawford in 1945 after four and a half years of marriage. Crawford had been jealous of her career success, she said, and once threatened to kill her.

Then on June 11, 1949, in Yuma, Arizona, she married Larry Williams, an interior decorator, but divorced him in 1950 after testifying that their five months together had been marred by “arguing and fussing”. McDaniel broke down in tears when she testified that her husband tried to provoke dissension in the cast of her radio show and otherwise interfered with her work. “I haven’t gotten over it yet,” she said. “I got so I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t concentrate on my lines.” (Wikipedia)