Butterfly McQueen (1911–1995)


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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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Gone with the Wind Prissy - House Servant
(1939)
The Mosquito Coast Ma Kennywick
(1986)
(1941)
(1979)

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 1989 The Magical World of Disney (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 (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
Clarine
 1970 The Phynx
Butterfly McQueen
 1957 The Green Pastures (TV Movie)
 1950-1952 Beulah (TV Series)
Oriole
- The Camping Trip (1952) ... Oriole
- Beulah and the Stock Market (1951) ... Oriole
- Bill, the Babysitter (1951) ... Oriole
- Beulah's Southern Cooking (1951) ... Oriole
- Beulah Meets the Eel (1950) ... Oriole
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mary
- Weather for Today (1951) ... Mary
 1950 Studio One (TV Series)
 1948 Killer Diller
Butterfly
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Vashti
 1945 Mildred Pierce
Lottie - Mildred's Maid (uncredited)
 1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
Beulah
 1944 Since You Went Away
WAC Sergeant (uncredited)
 1943 I Dood It
Annette
 1943 Cabin in the Sky
Lily
 1941 Affectionately Yours
Butterfly
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Prissy - House Servant
 1939 The Women
Lulu - Cosmetics Counter Maid (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Appeared in a touring production of "Show Boat" as Queenie, the same role played by her Gone with the Wind (1939) costar Hattie McDaniel in the first all-talking film version of the landmark play, Show Boat (1936). See more »

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Height:

5' 1" (1.55 m)
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Personal Quote:

I didn't mind playing a maid the first time, because I thought that was how you got into the business. But after I did the same thing over and over, I resented it. I didn't mind being funny, but I didn't like being stupid. See more »

Trivia:

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

Trademark:

Naturally high-pitched voice

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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