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Hattie McDaniel (1892–1952)


After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn... See full bio »

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 1952 Beulah (TV Series)
Beulah
- The Great Cake (1952) ... Beulah
- The Waltz (1952) ... Beulah
 1949 The Big Wheel
Minnie (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Phyllis
 1948 Mickey
Bertha
 1947 The Flame
Celia
 1946 Song of the South
Aunt Tempy
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
Cozy
 1946 Margie
Cynthia
 1946 Janie Gets Married
April
 1944 Hi, Beautiful
Millie
 1944 Three Is a Family
Maid
 1944 Janie
April - Conway's Maid
 1944 Since You Went Away
Fidelia
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Gossip in 'Ice Cold Katie' Number
 1943 Johnny Come Lately
Aida
 1942 George Washington Slept Here
Hester, the Fullers' Maid
 1942 In This Our Life
Minerva Clay
 1941 Affectionately Yours
Cynthia, Sue's Cook
 1939 Zenobia
Dehlia (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1939 Everybody's Baby
Hattie
 1938 The Shining Hour
Belvedere
 1938 The Mad Miss Manton
Hilda (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1938 Carefree
Hattie (uncredited)
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
Martha
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Hattie - Maid at Prom Dance (uncredited)
 1938 Battle of Broadway
Agatha
 1937 True Confession
Ella
 1937 Quick Money
Hattie (uncredited)
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Mrs. Walker (uncredited)
 1937 Over the Goal
Hannah (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1937 Sky Racket
Jenny (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1937 Saratoga
Rosetta (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1937 The Wildcatter
Pearl (uncredited)
 1937 The Crime Nobody Saw
Ambrosia
 1937 Don't Tell the Wife
Mamie, Nancy's Maid (uncredited)
 1937 Racing Lady
Abby
 1936 Reunion
Sadie
 1936 Can This Be Dixie?
Lizzie
 1936 Libeled Lady
Maid in Grand Plaza Hall (uncredited)
 1936 Valiant Is the Word for Carrie
Ellen Belle (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1936 Star for a Night
Hattie
 1936 Postal Inspector
Deborah (uncredited)
 1936 High Tension
Hattie
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Mamie - Carolyn's Maid (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1936 Arbor Day (Short)
Buckwheat's Mother
 1936 Gentle Julia
Kitty Silvers
 1936 The Singing Kid
Maid (uncredited)
 1936 The First Baby
Dora
 1936 Next Time We Love
Hanna (uncredited)
 1935 We're Only Human
Molly, Martin's Maid (uncredited)
 1935 Another Face
Nellie, Sheila's Maid (uncredited)
 1935 Music Is Magic
Hattie (Amanda in credits) (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1935 Harmony Lane
Liza, the Cook (uncredited)
 1935 Murder by Television
Isabella - the Cook
 1935 Alice Adams
Malena Burns - Maid Serving Dinner (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1935 China Seas
Isabel McCarthy, Dolly's Maid (uncredited)
 1935 The Four Star Boarder (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1935 Wig-Wag (Short)
Cook (uncredited)
 1935 Traveling Saleslady
Martha Smith (uncredited)
 1935 Transient Lady
Servant (uncredited)
 1935 The Little Colonel
Mom Beck
 1935 Okay Toots! (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1935 Anniversary Trouble (Short)
Mandy, the Maid
 1934 The Chases of Pimple Street (Short)
Hattie, Gertrude's Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Little Men
Asia (uncredited)
 1934 Babbitt
Rosalie, the Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Fate's Fathead (Short)
Mandy - the Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Lost in the Stratosphere
Ida Johnson (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1934 Flirtation
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1934 Judge Priest
Aunt Dilsey (as Hattie McDaniels)
 1934 King Kelly of the U.S.A.
Black Narcissus Mop Buyer (uncredited)
 1934 Operator 13
Annie (uncredited)
 1934 Merry Wives of Reno
Bunny's Maid (uncredited)
 1934 City Park
Tessie - the Ransome Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Mickey's Rescue (Short)
Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Goodbye Love
Edna the Maid (uncredited)
 1933 I'm No Angel
Tira's Maid-Manicurist (uncredited)
 1933 Hello, Sister!
Woman in Apartment House (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1932 Hypnotized
Powder Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1932 The Golden West
Mammy Lou (uncredited)
 1932 Blonde Venus
Cora, Helen's Maid in New Orleans (uncredited)
 1932 Crooner
Maid in Ladies' Room (uncredited)
 1932 The Boiling Point
Caroline (uncredited)
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
Maid (uncredited)
 1932 Are You Listening?
Aunt Fatima - Singer (uncredited)
 1932 The Impatient Maiden
Injured Patient (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Radio: Star of the daily (Monday-Friday) 15-minute radio show "Beulah" on CBS. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Hattie McDaniels

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests: This is one of the happiest moments of my life, and I want to thank each one of you who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards, for your kindness. It has made me feel very, very humble; and I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future... See more »

Trivia:

Arguably the first African-American woman to sing on radio (1915, with Professor George Morrison's Negro Orchestra, Denver, CO); first African-American to be buried in Los Angeles' Rosedale Cemetery See more »

Trademark:

Frequently played "maid" characters

Nickname:

Hi-Hat Hattie See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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