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Once in Milwaukee, she found a job working at Club Madrid as a dishwasher but eventually found her way to the stage. Hattie became the star performer for two years.
"I sincerely hope that I shall always be a credit to my race, and to the motion picture industry."
In 1931, she took her luck west to Hollywood, California. She took to the radio and performed under the nickname 'Hi-Hat Hattie.'
All throughout the 30's, she kept steady but small acting jobs. In 1934, she landed a solo in Judge Priest, and according to co-star Will Rodgers, "stole the show."
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an academy award. She won best supporting actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
In 1944, McDaniel was faced with a big loss. Doctors had mistaken illness for a pregnancy, breaking her heart. Then in 1946, the NAACP denounced her for her part in racist films such as Song of the South. And in 1950, she had officially been divorced three times.
Hattie McDaniel went back to the radio and was the voice of a maid in The Beulah Show. In 1951, when the show started filming for tv, things took a very wrong turn.
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