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Today's trivia (July 15)

Hattie McDaniel was only 5 when she and her family moved to Wichita at the turn of the 20th century and lived in the heart of Wichita's black business district.

Her father, Henry McDaniel, was a Baptist minister, and it was in their house at 925 N. Wichita that the McDaniels would begin to learn about music and entertaining.

Hattie McDaniel attended school in Wichita, where she appeared in plays and won a local talent contest.

Hattie McDaniel ended up appearing in more than 300 movies, including "Gone With the Wind," "Showboat," "Maryland" and "The Great Lie."

At age 17, she sang her first song over the radio. At 18, she won a gold medal from the Women's Christian Temperance Union for a recitation she gave. After that, she began traveling in the South, playing for the Shrine and Elks circuits.

In 1931, she went to California and was featured on a variety show on Los Angeles radio station KNS; the show ran for a year.

She said the first time she sang on radio, she thought the rest of the cast would wear formal dress, so she dressed in an evening gown. Instead, the cast wore regular street clothes for their performances.

That incident earned her a nickname, and "Hi-Hat Hattie" became the title of a radio show she later starred in.

But her role as Mammy in "Gone With the Wind" would bring her the most recognition and at the same time embroil her in controversy with two cultures.

Question: When "Gone With the Wind" premiered in December 1939, McDaniel did not attend the Atlanta premiere, why?

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