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Butterfly McQueen (1911–1995)

Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her constantly moving arms, actually derives from ... See full bio »

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 1989 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Miss Priss
- Polly (1989) ... Miss Priss
 1986 The Mosquito Coast
Ma Kennywick
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Blind Negress
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part I (1986) ... Blind Negress
 1979 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Aunt Thelma
- Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid (1979) ... Aunt Thelma
 1978 ABC Weekend Specials (TV Series)
Aunt Thelma
- The Seven Wishes of Joanna Peabody (1978) ... Aunt Thelma
 1974 Amazing Grace
 1970 The Phynx
Butterfly McQueen
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Weather for Today (1951) ... Mary
 1950-1951 Beulah (TV Series)
- Harry's Birthday (1950) ... Oriole
 1950 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1948 Killer Diller
 1946 Duel in the Sun
 1945 Mildred Pierce
Lottie - Mildred's Maid (uncredited)
 1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
Flaxen's Maid
 1943 I Dood It
 1943 Cabin in the Sky
 1941 Affectionately Yours
 1939 The Women
Lulu - Costmetics Counter Maid (uncredited)
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She appeared in a short lived OB musical, "Curly McDimple," which was a musical about Shirley Temple. See more »

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5' 1" (1.55 m)

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Now I am happy I did Gone with the Wind (1939). I wasn't when I was 28, but it's part of black history. You have no idea how hard it is for black actors, but things change, things blossom in time. See more »


Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen. See more »

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