Butterfly McQueen (1911-1995)
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Butterfly McQueen (born Thelma McQueen, January 7, 1911 – December 22, 1995) was an American actress.
Originally a dancer, McQueen entered films in 1939 with roles in The Women and Gone with the Wind in which she played Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid. Over the next few years she played small roles in films such as Affectionately Yours (1941), Mildred Pierce (1945) and Duel in the Sun (1947) often as a maid, a role she also played in Jack Benny's radio show. By the end of the decade she had grown tired of playing racially stereotyped characters, but her move to television in the series Beulah from 1950 until 1952 required her to play the same type of role.
She devoted herself to study after this and achieved a bachelor's degree in political science. She rarely acted, but won a Daytime Emmy Award for her role in Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid (1979) and played a supporting role in The Mosquito Coast (1986).
McQueen died as a result of burns when a kerosene heater exploded as she attempted to light it.
Life and career
Born Thelma McQueen in Tampa, Florida, she trained as a dancer and took her stage name from the "Butterfly Dance" after performing it in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. She performed with the dance troupes of Katherine Dunham and Janet Collins before making her professional debut in George Abbott's Brown Sugar.
McQueen made her first film in 1939 in what would become her most identifiable role—as Prissy, the young maid in Gone with the Wind, uttering the famous words: "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies!" She also played an uncredited bit part as a sales assistant in The Women, filmed after Gone with the Wind but released before it. Around this time McQueen also modeled for the Mrs. Butterworth bottle. She also played Butterfly, Mary Livingstone's maid in the Jack Benny radio program, for a time during World War II. She appeared in an uncredited role in Mildred Pierce (1945) and played a supporting role in Duel in the Sun (1946). By 1947 she had grown tired of the ethnic stereotypes she was required to play and ended her film career.
From 1950 until 1952 she played another racially-stereotyped role on the television series Beulah, which reunited her with her Gone with the Wind co-star Hattie McDaniel.
In a lighter moment, she appeared in a 1969 episode of The Dating Game.
Her acting roles after this were very few, and she devoted herself to other pursuits including study, and received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1975. In 1979 McQueen won a Daytime Emmy award for her performance as Aunt Thelma, a fairy godmother in the ABC After School Special, Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid. She had one more role of some substance in the 1986 film The Mosquito Coast.
McQueen lived in New York in the summer months and lived in Augusta, Georgia in the winter. She died in Augusta, Georgia, as a result of burns received when a kerosene heater she was attempting to light malfunctioned and burst into flames. A lifelong atheist, she donated her body to medical science and remembered the Freedom From Religion Foundation in her will.
"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion."
"Now I am happy I did Gone With the Wind. I wasn't when I was 28, but it's part of black history. You have no idea how hard it is for black actors, but things change, things blossom in time."
The Women (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Affectionately Yours (1941)
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
I Dood It (1943)
Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Duel in the Sun (1946)
Killer Diller (1948)
The Phynx (1970)
Amazing Grace (1974)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Polly (TV) (1989)
Butterfly McQueen at the Internet Movie Database
Butterfly McQueen at TV.com
Butterfly McQueen at Find A Grave
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