Reported by Variety, producers Alysia Allen and Aaron Magnani have joined forces to produce a biopic based on actress Hattie McDaniel. The film pioneer was the first African American to win an Academy Award.
In 1939 McDaniel won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as “Mammy” in Gone With the Wind. That year the film would go on to win a total of 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director & Best Actress.
The film will be based on author Jill Watts’ biography, “Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood”. McDaniel was a radio performer and television star; becoming the first black woman to sing on radio in the United States. She appeared in over 300 films.