Queen Latifah will play Hattie McDaniel in an upcoming seven part series by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan and Janet Mock. Mock will serve as an executive producer on the series Hollywood which debuts May 1 on Netflix.
Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American woman to receive an Academy Award for her role in Gone with The Wind. Although a prestigious award given to the most well acclaimed actors and actresses in Hollywood, Gone in the Wind is criticized for being highly problematic with racist images of African-Americans. The movie is connected to the insurrection of the klu klux klan after its release.
“McDaniel, a native of Wichita, Kansas, was born in 1893 to parents who were freed slaves. She started her career in entertainment as a vaudeville performer, which was a community of entertainers that appeared in variety shows around the U.S. in the late 19th century. She appeared on a radio show in the 1920s, making her one of the first black women to do so, and made her film debut in “The Golden West” in 1932.”