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Hattie McDaniel: A Reflective Life

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September 10, 2023

 Portrait of Hattie McDaniel by artist Debra Deutsch Oliver

Hattie McDaniel’s great-grandnephew, actor/producer Kevin John Goff, is currently working on a book on Ms. McDaniel. The book, Hattie McDaniel: A Reflective Life, will be released in the 1st Quarter of 2024. The book will share photos of Ms. McDaniel and other relatives in their life away from Hollywood as well as some of her quotes and other surprising information.

Mr. Goff shows us that Hattie was much more than the characters she played throughout the 1930’s to the early 1950’s.

Painting by Debra Deutsch Oliver – follow her on Instagram.


2 comments on “Hattie McDaniel: A Reflective Life

  • Kay Merrill says:

    Mr. Kevin Goff, it was a pleasure meeting you on Sunday at Howard University. I hope that you like the yellow t-roses which are our sorority’s flower. As I stated Ellia English says hello. We need to connect and continue to keep in touch. Thank you for keeping Hattiie’ memory alive! Kay L. Merrill, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

    • Kevin John Goff says:

      Hello Ms. Merrill, it was a pleasure to meet you as well. I never personally saw the flowers, but my wife remembers seeing them. We didn’t hear about the flowers until you mentioned them to me towards the end of the event. I am not sure what happened to them. Once again, send my love and appreciation to Ms. English and feel free (both of you) to keep in touch with me.


      Kevin John Goff
      Executive Director
      The Hattie McDaniel Estate

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