HATTIE "MAMMY" McDANIEL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/19/1947 - HFSID 71629
Sale Price $1,020.00
HATTIE “MAMMY” McDANIEL
The First black actress to win an Academic Award signs a typed letter in which she invites entertainer Red Skelton to appear at a medical convention, signed in blue ink
Typed Letter Signed: "Hattie McDaniel", 1p, 8½x11. Place: Los Angeles, California. Date: August 19, 1947. Written on letterhead of Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, Office of the President, to comedian and actor Red Skelton, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Culver City, California. In full: "Saturday afternoon, August 23rd from 1 to 6 at Warner Brothers Motion Picture Studio Ranch, the Citizens Committee, honoring the 52nd Annual Convention of the National Medical Association, has arranged for the presentation of 'Califair,' a fiesta depicting life in early California. I have been appointed on the committee and I hope you will consent to honor us with your presence for a few minutes and will permit me to introduce you to our guests who are your fans and who represent our leading professional people throughout America. Not only will your appearance highlight a very interesting convention, but I will consider it a personal favor. My phone number is Republic 3383. Please call me if you can be present. Sincerely yours". Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952) was the first Black actress to win an Academy Award, capturing theBest 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 with folds, vertical fold at the "D" of McDaniel. Staple holes at upper left corner, two file holes at upper blank margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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