Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0016731511: HATTIE MCDANIEL

Exceptionally rare and essentially perfect vintage black fountain pen signature on a 4x5-inch pink album page, acquired in-person by an inveterate autograph hound in the late 1930s, around the time she was filming her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939). In very good condition, with a third-party authenticator sticker on the flip side (see second scan shown here), and ideal for matting with a favorite photograph. Although she was almost always cast as stereotypic 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.