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Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel Paperback – April 14, 1993
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McDaniel is remembered as the first black to win an Academy Award, but her lengthy career also included work in theater, radio, and television. Jackson has done extensive research on her career, but goes beyond straight biography when he uses her story to illustrate the struggles of black entertainers and the pressure they must have felt at being caught between the need to work and the increasing demands of black activists that they reject available but stereotyped roles. Although the bare facts of McDaniel's life and career make a relatively slim book, the occasional broader perspective provides some interesting insights.
- Barbara E. Kemp, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I adore the story during GONE WITH THE WIND with Clark Gable when Gable's valet inserted real booze instead of colored water in the scene in which Mammy and Rhett celebrate the birth of his daughter with a drink. Notable is the grieving scene in which Mammy tells Mrs. Wilkes that Mr. Butler will not allow his daughter to be buried following her death by jumping her pony over a rail that was too high for the horse. Olivia de Havilland noted that the scene was truly heartbreaking and the performance that won Hattie McDaniel her Oscar for best supporting actress beat her out of the running as she, too, was nominated for the same category.
The years of conflict with Walter White of the NAACP regarding "colored people" portraying stereotypical jobs as maids, butlers, and dullards went on for years, causing pain and heartbreak for actors who wanted to have work.
This book will share the years of illness that Ms. McDaniel suffered from breast cancer. She died at a young age, leaving her fans grieving.
Known for her wonderful parties, at the end of the book, there are scrumptious-sounding recipes, albeit that our modern culinary habits stay away from fats used on Ms. McDaniel's recipes.
This is a book I enjoyed tremendously. Now I need to take my old DVD and resee the burning of Atlanta, the green velvet curtain dress, and the conflicts between people in the antebellum and post-war Civil War South.
To want to earn an honest living and yet because of the time she lived in was:
Damn if you do,..and damn if you don't.
I never imagined the NAACP could have been so cruel and also so non-supportive.
She was a beautiful woman who just wanted to work.
Good read for anyone who does not know about Ms. McDaniel's life.