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Hattie McDaniel was an actress, singer-songwriter, and comedian from the United States.

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, making her the first African American to do so.

In 2006, she became the first black Oscar winner to be recognized on a postage stamp in the United States.

She was named to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Hattie was a multi-talented vocalist, vaudeville professional, and adored radio personality whose performances are still widely regarded as show-stopping, despite her best-known role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

You will find below a curated collection of the popular Hattie McDaniel quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Hattie McDaniel Quotes

I’d rather make $700 a week playing a maid than earn $7 a day being a maid. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I am loathe to get married again. I’ve been married enough; I just prefer to forget it. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

In my life, God comes first, work second, and men third. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

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Faith is the black person’s federal reserve system. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

A woman’s gifts will make room for her. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

We all respect sincerity in our friends and acquaintances, but Hollywood is willing to pay for it. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing passion to create something distinctive and unique. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

It’s not how much can I spare; it’s how much have I? ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Top Hattie McDaniel Quotes

McDaniel worked in television and film throughout the 1950s and 1960s, appearing in such projects as "Imitation of Life", "The Big Valley", "Peyton Place", and "In the Heat of the Night".

The only choice permitted us is either to be servants for $7 a week or to portray them for $700 per week. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

My desire for the part of Mammy was not dominated by selfishness for Hollywood has been good to me and I am grateful. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

That’s a powerful lucky rabbit’s foot. I got the part in Gone With the Wind because of it. I got my Warner contract, thanks to it. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I’m letting no man handle my bank account.

I sincerely hope that I shall always be a credit to my race, and to the motion picture industry. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

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The entire race is usually judged by the actions of one man or woman. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I always have the best of everything. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Famous Hattie McDaniel Quotes

She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in "The Butler" and won a Golden Globe for her performance. She also won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

It sure looks good to see an honest-to-goodness audience after looking at you all for so long from the silver screen. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

As for those grapefruit and buttermilk diets, I’ll take roast chicken and dumplings. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Putting a little time aside for clean fun and good humor is very necessary to relieve the tensions of our time. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

When I was little, my mother taught me how to use a fork and knife. The trouble is that Mother forget to teach me how to stop using them! ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I cannot help but feel sad when I look over a crowd of our fine young men and realize that the world has found no better way to solve its problems than by taking so many of these young lives. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I am proud of my standing as a woman interested in her race. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

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When I was 8 years old, I knew what I was going to be – an actress. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I’ve played everything but a harp. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Great Hattie McDaniel Quotes

Hattie McDaniel was an actress who won an Oscar for her role in the movie "Gone with the Wind." This makes her the first African American to ever win an Oscar.

What is the thing that Hollywood demands most? Sincerity. No place in the world will pay such a high price for this admirable trait. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I did my best, and God did the rest. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Always remember this: There are only eighteen inches between a pat on the back and a kick in the rump. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

In playing the part of Mammy, I tried to make her a living, breathing character, the way she appeared to me in the book. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

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I don’t belong on this earth. I always feel out of place – like a visitor. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

You can best fight any existing evil from the inside. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

Popular Hattie McDaniel Quotes

Playing the Mammy of Miss Leigh was just about the biggest thrill I’ve ever had. ~ Hattie McDaniel.

I’d rather play a maid than be one.

Why should I complain about making $7,000 a week playing a maid? If I didn’t, I’d be making $7 a week being one. ~ Hattie McDaniel.


Here is a biography of the first African-American woman to win an Oscar.


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Facts about Hattie McDaniel

  • Hattie McDaniel was born in Wichita, Kansas, on June 10, 1895.
  • On January 19, 1911, in Denver, Colorado, McDaniel married Howard Hickman.
  • Throughout her career, McDaniel faced racism and racial segregation, and she was unable to attend the Atlanta premiere of Gone with the Wind because it was housed in a whites-only theatre.
  • McDaniel was both a performer and a songwriter.
  • Her final film performances were in Mickey (1948) and Family Honeymoon (1949).
  • She died in Hollywood, California, on October 26, 1952.