For sale: Hattie McDaniel's 'Gone With the Wind' script
On Dec. 13, Bonhams & Butterfields will auction off the "presentation copy" script of "Gone With the Wind" given to Hattie McDaniel by producer David. O Selznick. Inside, he inscribed it: "For Hattie McDaniel, who contributed so greatly! With gratitude and admiration, David O. Selznick, Xmas 1939."
It's expected to fetch between $10,000 to $15,000, which is more than the value of her estate upon the time of her death in 1952. Even though McDaniel amassed notable assets during her career as an actress appearing in more than 300 films, much of it was depleted by medical costs during her battle against the breast cancer that killed her.
McDaniel became the first African American to be nominated for, and win, an Oscar when she triumphed as supporting actress for portraying the sassy maid Mammy. The location of her Oscar is unknown. There were reports that it was donated to Howard University, but it vanished more than 30 years ago.
It took a long time for McDaniel to reach the podium when her name was called as winner because academy officials sat her far back in the Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel.
Click on photo above for larger view of her script. Read more about the auction here.
-- Photo: Tom O'Neil