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Also Known As: Died: October 26, 1952
Born: June 10, 1895 Cause of Death: breast cancer
Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1901:
Family moved to Denver, Colorado from Kansas
1908:
Joined a local black minstrel show in Denver (date approximate)
1910:
Won gold medal at an elocution contest sponsored by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union for reciting poem "Convict Joe" (date approximate); dropped out of school and toured with minstrel shows, including one featuring members of her family (date approximate)
1920:
Joined the Melody Hounds, a musical ensemble led by George Morrison; toured USA appearing in vaudeville houses operated by the Theater Owners Booking Association (TOBA)
1924:
Made radio debut singing with Morrison's group in Denver
1929:
After TOBA went bankrupt, left stranded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Worked as a ladies' room attendent at Sam Pick's Suburban Inn in Milwaukee; when owner heard her sing, gave her headliner spot
1931:
Moved to L.A. to pursue acting career in films; worked as a dishwasher to support herself
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Appeared on radio as 'Hi-Hat Hattie', a bossy maid who often "forgets her place"
1932:
First film appearance, "The Golden West"
1932:
Appeared alongside Marlene Dietrich in "Blonde Venus"
1933:
Played the maid to Mae West in "I'm No Angel"
1934:
Had small role in "Imitation of Life"
1934:
First garnered attention as the washerwoman Aunt Dilsey in "Judge Priest", directed by John Ford; performed duet with Will Rogers in film
1935:
Appeared in "Alice Adams" and "The Littlest Colonel"
1936:
Reprised her stage part of Queenie in film version of "Show Boat"
1937:
Had featured role in "Nothing Sacred", starring Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray
1939:
Was briefly glimpsed as a maid in "The Women"
1939:
Cast in most famous role of Mammy in "Gone With the Wind"; barred from attending the film's premiere in Atlanta because of racial segregation in the South; became first black performer to win an Academy Award
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During 1940s, criticized by NAACP for perpetuating the stereotype of a subservient domestic
1941:
Appeared in the Western "They Died with Their Boots on"
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During WWII, organized entertainments for black soldiers and sailors serving in the military
1942:
Once again played a domestic in "In This Our Life", starring Bette Davis and directed by John Huston; character confronts racial issues as her law student son is wrongly accused of manslaughter
1944:
Acted in "Since You Went Away"
1946:
Co-starred in the Disney film "Song of the South"
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Cast in title role of the radio comedy "Beulah"
1948:
Last film appearances, "Mickey" and "Family Honeymoon"
1952:
Starred in the CBS sitcom version of "Beulah"; only appeared in a handful of episodes before suffering a heart attack that caused her to withdraw

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