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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

  1. Not only did her actress do a fantastic job, she was also the first black actor to ever win an Academy Award.
  2. She's one of the most sensible servants -- and people in general -- living in the Tara.
  3. She's shown to be undeniably loyal to the O'Hara family, and willing to protect them at any costs.
  4. 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.
  5. She's the abiding presence who holds Tara together, understanding (and standing up to) Scarlett as no one else does.
  6. Even though she can be sassy at times, she's shown to be very smart at her job.
  7. 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).