Etta McDaniel

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Etta McDaniel in
Hearts in Bondage (1936)

Etta McDaniel (December 1, 1890 – January 13, 1946) was an American actress who appeared in over 60 films between 1933 and 1946. She was the sister of actor Sam McDaniel and actress and Academy Award winner Hattie McDaniel. Among her films was The Prisoner of Shark Island, 1936, starring Warner Baxter and Gloria Stuart, The Great Man's Lady, 1942, with Joel McCrea, and Son of Dracula, 1943, starring Lon Chaney, Jr..

McDaniel was born in Wichita, Kansas. She began her entertainment career as a member of minstrel shows with several others of her family.

Etta McDaniel's film début was in the 1933 King Kong, as the native woman who saves her baby from the approaching giant gorilla. She then became a supporting actress or extra, frequently in uncredited roles, performing as maids and nannies, including Lawless Nineties, 1936, a Western starring John Wayne. McDaniel died in Los Angeles, California, aged 55.

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