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Daemon
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First African American wins Academy Award (1940)

Hattie McDaniel was an African-American singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She appeared in over 300 films and is best known for her role as Mammy in the iconic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, a performance that earned her the first Academy Award ever presented to an African American. McDaniel's Oscar was later lost. What are some theories about what became of it? More...
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"I don't no nothing about birthing no babies Miss Scarlet" Mammy - Gone with the Wind
What an amazing, crazy talented lady who broke through so many barriers.
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McDaniel with Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in a scene from the 1939 film, which won best picture


McDaniel, who won for her portrayal of Mammy in Victor Fleming's Gone With the Wind, wiped away tears as she gave her momentous speech, thanking the Academy for its "kindness."

"Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests, this is one of the happiest moments of my life and I want to thank each one of who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards; for your kindness that has made me feel very, very humble. And I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel and may I say thank you and God bless you."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/oscars-first-black-winner-accepted-774335
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monamagda wrote:


"Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, fellow members of the motion picture industry and honored guests, this is one of the happiest moments of my life and I want to thank each one of who had a part in selecting me for one of their awards; for your kindness that has made me feel very, very humble. And I shall always hold it as a beacon for anything that I may be able to do in the future. I sincerely hope I shall always be a credit to my race and to the motion picture industry. My heart is too full to tell you just how I feel and may I say thank you and God bless you."




Excellent speech: very courteous, humble, and respectful.
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