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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