SCREEN-L Archives

December 1995, Week 4


Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Auden Ledahl <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 25 Dec 1995 00:33:25 -0500
text/plain (48 lines)
In a message dated 95-12-24 14:13:44 EST, you write:
> *New York Post* published a very short
>obituary with a headline that identified Ms. McQueen not as an actor but as
>"Scarlett's maid."
>        Gloria Monti
   Butterfly McQueen got a little more respect out here. One thing I read was
that she hated playing 'Prissy' but that she was happy she did it because it
gave her something she could live on (income... not typecasting). According
to the article, she died from second and third degree burns over 70% of her
body. The cause of the fire was a kerosine heater. She was 84.
   She debuted on Broadway in 1936 in 'Brother Rat', then went on to gain
critical attention and a shot at a part in 'Gone With the Wind' for her
performance as a comic maid in 'Brown Sugar'. Interesting Note: She could not
attend the 1939 premiere of 'Gone With the Wind', because it was held in a
whites-only theater. She had to wait 50 years to get public praise for her
role; being one of the honored guests at the 50th-anniversary premiere.
   She has also appeared in such films as:
     'Affectionately Yours'
     'Duel in the Sun'
     'I Dood it'
     'Cabin in the Sky'
     'Since You Went Away'
    From 1950-53 she also appeared in 'Beulah', one of the first television
shows to star a black performer (she played a maid). In a 1988 interview, she
said, "I didn't mind playing a maid the first time, because I thought that
was how you got into the business... But after I did the same thing over and
over I resented it. I didn't mind being funny, but I didn't like being
   (My information was taken from an article written by Polly Anderson and
distributed through The Associated Press)
To signoff SCREEN-L, e-mail [log in to unmask] and put SIGNOFF SCREEN-L
in the message.  Problems?  Contact [log in to unmask]