Hattie McDaniel

  1. Lillian Randolph, It’s A Wonderful Life,  1946.
  2. Pearl Bailey, Porgy and Bess, 1958.  Columbia’s hated  czar, Harry Cohn, wanted – incredibly –  to do it in black-face.  With Fred  Astaire as  Sportin’  Life opposite Al Jolson’s Porgy and Rita Hayworth’s Bess!  Said the Gershwin brothers:  “Get outa here!”  Columbia gave up and sold its rights to Fox which wanted Hattie as Maria and then sold it all to be Samuel Goldwyn’s final production… with Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, Sammy Davis Jr and Pearly Mae Bailey.


 Birth year: 1892Death year: 1952Other name: Casting Calls:  2