Hattie McDaniel

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Birth Name: Hattie McDaniel
Born: 06/10/1895
Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Death Place: Hollywood, California, USA
Died: 10/26/1952

Hattie McDaniel was born in Wichita, KS on June 10, 1893. The youngest of 13 children of Baptist minister Harry McDaniel and his wife, the former Susan Holbert - both former slaves - McDaniel grew up in Denver, CO. In 1908, she enrolled in Denver East High School, where she was active in the drama club and won a contest sponsored by the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Dropping out in her sophomore year, McDaniel joined her brother Otis' minstrel show, writing songs and touring with the troupe in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, while also singing on the radio. The company disbanded with Otis McDaniel's death in 1916. She also founded an all-female minstrel troupe with her sister, Etta Goff... Continue Bio >>

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