HATTIE "MAMMY" McDANIEL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/05/1946 - HFSID 166308
Sale Price $1,275.00
HATTIE "MAMMY" McDANIEL
The First black actress to win an Academy Award signs this typed letter in which she thanks a fan for supporting her and informing the admirer that she had granted the requested photograph, signed in black ink
Typed Letter signed: "Hattie McDaniel" in black ink, 1 page, 4x6¼. Place: Los Angeles, California, July 5, 1946. In full: "Dear Fan: Thanks for your expressions of appreciation for the bit I do to attempt to make it happy for others. It is encouragement such as you offer that keeps the wheel of faith and endeavor alive in our lives and makes us keep on keeping on. Under separate cover I am sending you the photo you request. [Item not included.] Thanks again. Sincerely". Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952) was the first Black actress to win an Academy Award, capturing the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1939 for her role of Mammy in Gone With the Wind. McDaniel had a strong film resume even before Gone With the Wind, especially in light of the limited opportunities for black actors in that era, beginning with small roles in films like Mae West's I'm No Angel (1934) and Shirley Temple's The Little Colonel (1935), working up to major roles in Saratoga (1937) and The Shopworn Angel (1938). She was also the first Black woman to sing on American radio, and after many performances on such radio programs as Amos 'n Andy and the Eddie Cantor Show, she starred in the title role of Beulah on the radio. Because of other commitments, she appeared in only six 1952 episodes of the television version, which ran from 1950-1953. Autographs of McDaniel are scarce and desirable. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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