That wonderful smile belongs to Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to win an Academy Award for her performance in the classic “Gone With The Wind” (I never seen that shit).
A very controversial figure because most of her roles were the part of the “Mammy” which is definitely a diss, BUT it takes a trailblazing person to take something negative and flip it and provide opportunities for their predecessors.
Without Hattie, there would be no Halle, no Taraji, no Olivia Pope’s and etc.
Hattie appeared in over 300 films but only got credit for 80. She was not only an actress but a singer-songwriter and the first black woman to sing on the radio. She has not 1, but 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
So pay homage to a lady that helped pave a way for black actors…..
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