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On the night of the Academy Awards, McDaniel became the first African American to be honored by the motion picture industry, she could not escape being reminded of how far the industry and the country had yet to go to overcome racism: McDaniel and her escort were required to sit at a segregated table for two, in the back, apart from both her Gone with the Wind colleagues and those in the motion picture industry.
Hattie McDaniel Memorial (photo 1)
Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), Although her gravestone at Rosedale Cemetery in Los Angeles and her memorial cenotaph at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery show 1895 as her year of birth, Kansas census records for her household dated March 1st, 1895 show her age as 2, confirming that the year on her funerary markers is incorrect.
Hattie McDaniel Gravesite Cenotaph
HATTIE MCDANIEL JUNE 10, 1895 TO OCTOBER 26, 1952 COD: BREAST CANCER BURIAL: HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY, HOLLYWOOD, CA First African-American to win an Academy Award. McDaniel won for her role as Mammy in the film "Gone With the Wind." Although the role and McDaniel have received some criticism for perpetuating black stereotypes, she definitely gave the character a depth and a self pride that made Mammy much more than two dimensional. It was Hattie McDaniel's wish that when she died
Paying homage to Walt Whitman in Camden, N.J.
Every year, the landmark Hollywood Forever Cemetery — final resting place for Cecil B. DeMille, Bugsy Siegel, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Alfalfa, two of the Ramones, Dorothy’s little dog Toto, and many more luminaries Hollywood spectacle. (A chilling fact about segregation: Hattie McDaniel’s dying wish to be buried here was denied in 1952 — she was finally granted a prominent memorial by the pond in 1999)
In her will, Hattie McDaniel wrote: "I desire a white casket and a white shroud; white gardenias in my hair and in my hands, together with a white gardenia blanket and a pillow of red roses. I also wish to be buried in the Hollywood Cemetery..but they wouldn't accept her because she was black...her 2nd choice was Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, where she lies today.
A Gentle Reminder...
Hattie McDaniel - June 10, 1898 - Oct. 26, 1952 in Kansas, the youngest of thirteen children in a family of performers. McDaniel's performance as Mammy in Gone With the Wind was more than a bit part. She was nominated for and won the best supporting actress in 1940, the first ever won by an African American.
Academy Award winning Actress, Radio & Stage performer, Comedian, Singer-songwriter Hattie McDaniel. She was in 300 films, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was the 1st African American to receive an Oscar. In 1944 she organized fellow West Adams aka "Sugar Hill" neighborhood residents against discriminatory laws that barred minorities from owing property & punitive damages sought by prejudice neighbors. They won their case.