In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, which she received for her role in “Gone With The Wind.”
McDaniel had a long and illustrious career in entertainment. In addition to acting in more than 300 films, she was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood: one for her contributions to radio and one for motion pictures.
During World War II, McDaniel served as chairman of the “Negro Division” of the Hollywood Victory Committee, providing entertainment for soldiers stationed at military bases, making personal appearances at military hospitals, and performing at USO shows and war bond rallies to raise funds to support the war.