Her Mammy is a record of the great difficulty America was having in dealing with blacks. Here are others: when Gone With the Wind was set to premiere in Atlanta, the city authorities let Selzniek know that it would be preferable if Hattie McDaniel did not make the journey. Selzniek was angry, but he consented. At the Academy dinner to mark the Oscars, Hattie McDaniel was invited— but not to the big Selzniek table. She sat in a corner with her partner at a small table for two.
That said, she is of great historical importance (along with her colleague Butterfly McQueen), and she is one of the stalw arts at playing domestic help in the thirties and forties. A singer first, she went into radio and played the lead in the popular series Beulah. Her major moxies are as follows: The Golden West (32, David Howard); Blonde Venus (32, Josef von Sternberg); I'm No Angel (33, Wesley Buggies); Babbitt (34, William Keighley); Imitation of Life (34, John M. Stahl); Judge Priest (34, John Ford); The Little Colonel (35, David Butler); China Seas (35, Tay Garnett); Alice Adams (35, George Stevens); Libeled Lady (36, Jack Comvay); Show Boat (36, James Whale); Valiant Is the Word for Carrie (36, Ruggles); Reunion (36, Norman Taurog); Saratoga (37, Conway); Nothing Sacred (37, William Wellman); The Shopworn Angel (38, H. C. Potter); Carefree (38, Mark Sandrich); Maryland (40, Henry King); The Great Lie (41, Edmund Goulding); The Male Animal (42, Elliott Nugent); In This Our Life (42, John Huston); Johnny Come Lately (43, William K. Howard); Since You Went Away (44, John Cromwell); Margie (46, King); Never Say Goodbye (46, James V. Kern); Song of the South (46, Harve Foster); The Flame (47, John H. Auer); Mickey (48, Ralph Murphy); Family Honeymoon (48, Claude Binyon).
In 1950, when ABC began Beulah as a TV series, McDaniel w'as set to replace Ethel Waters but then fell ill and was replaced by Louise Beavers.
Married George Langford, 1922 (deceased 1922). Married Howard C. Hickman, 1938 (divorced 1938). Married James Lloyd Crawford, 1941 (divorced 1945).
Married Larry Williams, 1949 (divorced 1950).