Item #322600 Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood. Jill Watts.

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood

Amistad Press, September 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #322600
ISBN: 0060514906


From an accomplished historian comes an uncompromising look at the pervasive racism in Hollywood, as seen through the life and times of actress Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel is best known for her performance as Mammy, the sassy foil to Scarlett O'Hara in the movie classic Gone with the Wind. Her powerful performance won her an Oscar(R) and bolstered the hopes of black Hollywood that the entertainment industry was finally ready to write more multidimensional, fully-realized roles for blacks.

But despite this victory, and pleas by organizations such as the NAACP and SAG, roles for blacks continued to denigrate the African American experience. So Hattie McDaniel continued to play servants. “I'd rather play a maid then be a maid,” Hattie McDaniel answered her critics, but her flip response belied a woman who was emotionally conflicted. Here, in an exhaustively detailed and incisive text by a talented historian, is the story of a valiant woman who defied the racism of her time.

Watts presents an uncompromising look at the pervasive racism in Hollywood as seen through the life and times of the highly regarded--yet always controversial--actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American actress to win an Academy( Award (for her role in 'Gone With the Wind'). Minor shelf wear, light dust staining.

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