Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award, is receiving a biopic that’s currently in the works.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that producer Alysia Allen was able to get film rights from the biography Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts. Producer Aaron Magnani will work alongside Allen to produce the film.

At the moment, the two are looking for the right screenwriter to bring the film to life.

Before getting to the big screen, McDaniel’s was the youngest daughter of freed slaves. She started acting in Vaudeville and was one of the first Black woman on the radio. She starred in many films in the 1930’s but received an Academy Award for her role as Mammy in the classic film Gone With The Wind.

McDaniel’s is credited for opening the eyes of Hollywood to diversifying roles for African-Americans in a film.

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4 thoughts on “‘Gone With The Wind’ Actress Hattie McDaniel’s Biopic Is In The Works

  1. This woman’s story should’ve been told decades ago.
    Hattie McDaniel was an AWESOME actress.
    However, she was always playing the roles of either a mammie or maid.
    She never got the opportunity to show her acting talent in other parts.

    Ms. McDaniel paved the way for actresses of color today
    to play whatever roles they may choose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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