On this Day in Movie History, June 10, 1895: Hattie McDaniel Born

Hattie McDaniel

American actress Hattie McDaniel was born on this day, June 10, 1895. The first African American to win an Academy Award, she won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). Although only credited with appearing in 80 films, during her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films.

As well acting in many films, McDaniel was a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.

McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to radio and one at 1719 Vine Street for acting in motion pictures. In 1975, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar winner honored with a US postage stamp.

Birthdays
1904 – Frederick Loewe (Oscar-winning composer: Gigi [1958], My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Paint Your Wagon [w/lyricist Alan Jay Lerner]; died Feb 14, 1988)

1918 – Barry Morse (actor: The Fugitive, A Tale of Two Cities, Asylum, Glory! Glory!, Master of the Game, Space: 1999; died Feb 2, 2008)

1922 – Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) (singer: Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, You Made Me Love You, The Man that Got Away; actress: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Star is Born, Easter Parade, The Harvey Girls, Judgment at Nuremberg; mother of Liza Minnelli and Lorna & Joey Luft; died June 22, 1969

1926 – Lionel Jeffries (director: Water Babies, Wombling Free, Amazing Mr. Blunden, The Railway Children; actor: Jekyll and Hyde, Prisoner of Zenda, Lola, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Those Fantastic Flying Fools, Oh Dad Poor Dad [Momma’s Hung You in the Closet & I’m Feeling So Sad], Camelot, Fanny, The Revenge of Frankestein, Bhowani Junction; died Feb 19, 2010)

1926 – June Haver (Stovenour) (actress: The Dolly Sisters, Look for the Silver Lining, Love Nest; died July 4, 2005)

1949 – Kevin Corcoran (actor: A Tiger Walks, Johnny Shiloh, Old Yeller, Savage Sam, The Shaggy Dog)

1955 – Andrew Stevens (actor: Code Red, Dallas, Emerald Point N.A.S., Illicit Dreams, Scorned, The Terror Within, The Bastard, The Rebel; producer: Crash Dive, The Boy Who Saved Christmas, A Murder of Crows, Submerged; son of actress, Stella Stevens)

1965 – Elizabeth Hurley (actress: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Christabel, Orchid House, Passenger 57)

1966 – Doug McKeon (actor: On Golden Pond, Turnaround, Breaking Home Ties, Mischief, Desperate Lives, Night Crossing, From the Earth to the Moon, Critical Mass)

1982 – Leelee Sobieski (Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski) (actress: Charlie Grace, Deep Impact, Joan of Arc [TV: 1999], Eyes Wide Shut, Squelch)

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