Mammy is a minor character in the novel Gone With The Wind and its 1939 film adaptation.
She is played by Hattie McDaniel in the 1939 film.
Why She Rocks
- Not only did her actress do a fantastic job, she was also the first black actor to ever win an Academy Award.
- She's one of the most sensible servants -- and people in general -- living in the Tara.
- She's shown to be undeniably loyal to the O'Hara family, and willing to protect them at any costs.
- Even though she barely gets any screen time in the film, she makes up for it with hilarious and sassy quotes in each of her appearances.
- She's the abiding presence who holds Tara together, understanding (and standing up to) Scarlett as no one else does.
- Even though she can be sassy at times, she's shown to be very smart at her job.
- Her and Prissy's roles in the film have proven that black actors were just as capable of the job as the other races.
- Hattie McDaniel's performance as this character has made her the very first African-American to win an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress 1939).