Hattie McDaniel Biopic In The Works
A biopic about the life of Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to receive an acting nomination and to win an Academy Award, is under way.
The film right’s to Jill Watts’ biography Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood have been obtained by producer Alysia Allen. Aaron Magnani will produce.
McDaniel was best known for her role as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind (1939), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first Academy Award won by an African American entertainer. In addition to acting in many films, she was a radio performer and television star; she was the first black woman to sing on radio in the United States. She appeared in over 300 films, although she received screen credits for only 80 or so. McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for her contributions to radio and one at 1719 Vine Street for acting in motion pictures. In 1975, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame and in 2006 became the first black Oscar winner honored with a US postage stamp.
No additional details about the project have been released.