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Butterfly McQueen

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Actress who also played Prissy, Scarlett O’Hara’s maid, in the vintage film, Gone using the Blowing wind. She made an appearance in Journeys of Huckleberry Finn and concluded her profession with an appearance in Polly. She prepared on learning to be a nurse until getting into senior high school. She was a lifelong atheist and donated her body to technology upon her loss of life. She was created Thelma McQueen and elevated in Tampa, Florida. She by no means married and experienced no kids. She was presented with the nickname “Butterfly” after her demonstration from the Butterfly Ballet inside a production of the Midsummer Night’s Desire, compiled by William Shakespeare.

Quick Facts


Full Name Butterfly McQueen
Date Of Birth January 7, 1911
Died December 22, 1995, Augusta, Georgia, United States
Place Of Birth Tampa, FL
Profession Movie Actress
Education City College of New York
Nationality American
Movies Gone with the Wind, Affectionately Yours, Cabin in the Sky, I Dood It, Flame of Barbary Coast, Duel in the Sun, Killer Diller, The Phynx, Amazing Grace, Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Polly
TV Shows Beulah
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1At one point, lived at the Thomas W. Phillips Residence at 2215 South Harvard Boulevard in Los Angeles, which was the filming location for the house in the majority of The People Under the Stairs (1991).
2Lines from her obituary indicate that she wished to have all of her many cats put to sleep, as she could not be sure they could be guaranteed good homes after she was gone.
3Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
4In 1980, she sued Greyhound Bus Lines when she was assaulted in a bus station by a guard who thought she was a pickpocket. Thrown roughly onto a bench, the 69 year-old actress had several of her ribs damaged. After several years of litigation, she was awarded $60,000.
5Her body was donated to medical science.
6The pressbook for the late 1960s release of Gone with the Wind (1939) listed her name as "Butterfield McQueen."
7In the 1975 stage musical "The Wiz," Butterfly was initially cast to play the Queen of the Field Mice until her scene was cut. She ended up understudying the role of Addapearle, the Good Witch of the North.
8Hated her real name of "Thelma" and actually had her name legalized to "Butterfly McQueen."
9Father was a stevedore and mother was a maid.
10A lifelong atheist, she was honored with a "Freethought Heroine" award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation in 1989. She was a life member of the organization, and left the contents of her personal bank account to the group when she died.
11Frustrated with racial type-casting, she quit acting in films in 1947, but appeared in the TV series Beulah (1950), where she played a maid. When not appearing on Broadway, she worked as a taxi dispatcher, a real-life maid, a companion to an elderly white woman, a seamstress, and a department store salesperson.
12Received a bachelor's degree in political science from New York City College in 1975 (she was 64).
13At the time of her passing, she was living in a modest one-bedroom cottage just outside Augusta, GA. Her neighbors told the media that they knew her as "Thelma" McQueen because she did not want the public to know who she was. On the night of Dec. 22, 1995, a fire broke out in her cottage, and she was found lying on the sidewalk outside with second- and third-degree burns over 70 percent of her body. She told firefighters her clothes caught fire while she was trying to light one of two kerosene heaters in her cottage, which was destroyed by the fire. She was taken to Augusta Regional Medical Center, where she died at age 84.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1989TV SeriesMiss Priss
The Mosquito Coast1986Ma Kennywick
American Playhouse1986TV SeriesBlind Negress
ABC Afterschool Specials1979TV SeriesAunt Thelma
ABC Weekend Specials1978TV SeriesAunt Thelma
Amazing Grace1974Clarine
The Phynx1970Butterfly McQueen
The Green Pastures1957TV Movie
Lux Video Theatre1951TV SeriesMary
Beulah1950-1951TV SeriesOriole
Studio One in Hollywood1950TV Series
Killer Diller1948Butterfly
Duel in the Sun1946Vashti
Mildred Pierce1945Lottie - Mildred's Maid (uncredited)
Flame of Barbary Coast1945Flaxen's Maid
I Dood It1943Annette
Cabin in the Sky1943Lily
Affectionately Yours1941Butterfly
Gone with the Wind1939Prissy - House Servant
The Women1939Lulu - Costmetics Counter Maid (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gone with the Wind1939performer: "My Old Kentucky Home" 1853 - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frankenpimp's Revenge: The Romeo and Juliet Massacre2015special thanks filming

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Wogan1989TV Series
The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind1988TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress in 'Gone with the Wind'
Our World1987TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Good Morning America1983TV SeriesHerself
Ossie and Ruby!1981TV SeriesHerself
Emerald City1978TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1972-1973TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gone with the Wind: The Legend Lives On2009Video documentary shortHerself
Crawford at Warners2008Video documentary shortLottie - Mildred's Maid
Black History: Lost Stolen, or Strayed1968TV Movie documentaryHerself / Maid (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's ProgrammingABC Afterschool Specials (1972)


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#Quote
1Now I am happy I did Gone with the Wind (1939). 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.
2As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.


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