Highly rare vintage 8x10-inch matte-finish black and white studio portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen in 1944, just a few years after she famously played Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). In fine condition, with a single mild diagonal bend at the top left corner tip, very slightly intruding into the background, minimally detracting from overall appearance of the photo. Although she was almost always cast as stereotypical maids and servants, she was, in fact, the first African-American woman to sing on the radio and the first Black performer to win an Academy Award. Before coming to Hollywood, she was a popular blues singer and toured as Queenie in the stage production of "Show Boat," a role she recreated in the 1936 film adaptation. Her numerous movie credits include Blonde Venus (1932), I'm No Angel (1933), Murder by Television (1935), the Our Gang short Arbor Day (1937), Nothing Sacred (1937), Stella Dallas (1937), the sci-fi flick Sky Racket (1937), The Shopworn Angel (1938), They Died with Their Boots On (1941), The Great Lie (1941), The Male Animal (1942), In This Our Life (1942), Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943), Since You Went Away (1944), Disney's Song of the South (1946), and Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House (1948), and she was also memorable as the star of T.V.'s "Beulah" (1952). She died of cancer at the age of 60.