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Butterfly McQueen Remembered


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Part 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Chapter 4 1. Before Butterfly Became Prissy Chapter 5 2. Gone With the Wind Chapter 6 3. Black Resistance to Gone With the Wind Chapter 7 4. Hattie McDaniel: More Than a Mammy Chapter 8 5. Swingin' the Dream Chapter 9 6. Butterfly in Hollywood Chapter 10 7. Mildred Pierce Chapter 11 8. Making a Stand Chapter 12 9. What Ever Happened to Butterfly McQueen? Chapter 13 10. The Fiftieth Anniversary of Gone With the Wind Part 14 Afterword Part 15 Appendix A: Butterfly McQueen's Credits Part 16 Appendix B: Gone With the Wind: Awards, Statistics, and Movie Lists Part 17 Appendix C: Butterfly's "Essays" and "Booklets" Part 18 Appendix D: International Security Corporation of Virginia v. McQueen Part 19 Bibliography Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Author

About the Author

Stephen Bourne is a regular contributor to Black Filmmaker magazine and has been interviewed in several documentaries, including Black Divas (1996) and Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999). He is the author of Black in the British Frame: The Black Experience in British Film and Television (2001), Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music (Scarecrow, 2005), and Ethel Waters: Stormy Weather (Scarecrow, 2007).


An intimate portrait of McQueen's life and career. * Library Journal, 11/1/2007 *
Stephen Bourne's memoir of this great performer is well researched and beautifully written - as one would expect from this biographer. It's also a chilling tale of how Hollywood destroys its own and one that deserves to be read by actors and fans of McQueen alike. -- Patrick Newley, The Stage, 2008
Bourne pulls all into perspective and reveals a talented but unfulfilled actor who was frustrated and denied by larger systems and institutions; an altruistic survivor who later became an anti-poverty activist. All Black actors working in Hollywood should read Bourne's biographies on McQueen and Ethel Waters (2007). Film historians and anti-racist educators should place these works as staples on Black History booklists. It is a solidly crafted work on an enigmatic Black woman. * Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter, July 2009 *
Bourne's Butterfly McQueen Remembered is a much-needed entry in the history of American and black American culture and artistic production . . . The chronicle of McQueen's journey as a performing artist will be valuable in stimulating new scholarship in the history of black theater and is a rich resource for those looking at the history of black creativity in Hollywood. It is likely to inspire further inquiry into the early twentieth-century work of lesser known black theater artists and into the complex climate endured by black actors in Hollywood. * Black Camera: An International Film Journal, Winter 2009 *
Stephen Bourne's portrait of this remarkable woman is not just a study of her life, work and beliefs. It is also a more general account of the plight of African American actors in the Hollywood studio system and a re-examination of the nature and meaning of their performances. * Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal, October 2008 *

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