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Hattie McDaniel (June 10, 1893 – October 26, 1952) was an American actress, singer-songwriter, and comedian.

She was best known for Gone with the Wind and for being the first African American to win an Academy Award for acting (she won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Gone with the Wind). Later in life, she was the subject of some controversy for playing characters that many felt embodied hurtful stereotypes, particularly the Mammy stereotype; McDaniel was unapologetic, pointing out that her options were rather limited in that era and famously quipping that she had a choice between playing a maid for $700 an hour or being a maid for $7 an hour.

She was married four times and died at the age of 59 in 1952 after battling breast cancer.