Hattie McDaniel dies of breast cancer in Woodland Hills, 1952. Typecast as a maid, she nevertheless made strong impressions onscreen and even took it in stride, saying, “Why should I complain about making $700 a week playing a maid? If I didn't, I'd be making $7 a week being one.” Her most famous role, of course, was Mammy in Gone With the Wind (1939), often a voice of reason amid the surrounding chaos. For her efforts, she was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first Oscar ever given to an African-American. Nervous about racism in the South and not wanting to cause a stir, McDaniel opted out of the Atalnta premiere of the film. Thinking she was not invited, costar Clark Gable threatened to boycott the event; eventually he was convinced by McDaniel that he should attend.