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Butterfly McQueen – MovieActors.com

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McQueen in GONE WITH THE WIND.

About Butterfly McQueen (1911 – 1995)

Butterfly McQueen was born on January 7, 1911, in Tampa, Florida. On December 22, 1995, Butterfly passed away in Augusta, Georgia, from burns. Her clothes caught fire while she was lighting a lantern.

Butterfly McQueen's birth name was Thelma McQueen.

She was given the name from The "Butterfly" stage name. This nickname describes her constantly moving arms. and actually derives from dancing the "Butterfly Ballet" in a 1935 production of "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Hating her real name of Thelma, she actually had her name legalized to Butterfly McQueen.

McQueen's stage debut was in BROWN SUGAR. Among Butterfly McQueen's string of silly maid parts were FLAME OF THE BARBARY COAST and MILDRED PIERCE.

Butterfly McQueen's most famous role, was portraying whiny Prissy of GONE WITH THE WIND.

From 1947 to 1951, Butterfly McQueen was a regular on the radio show, BEULAH, and then in the TV version; 1950-52.

Butterfly McQueen's notable movie credits include...

THE MOSQUITO COAST (1986)
KILLER DILLER (1948)
FLAME OF BARBARY COAST (1945)
CABIN IN THE SKY (1943)
AFFECTIONATELY YOURS (1941)
GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)



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Butterfly McQueen in 
DUEL IN THE SUN
(1946).


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McQueen in MILDRED PIERCE (1945).

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Butterfly McQueen in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939).