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Butterfly McQueen Collection

Best known for her role as the maid Prissy in Gone with the Wind, she worked for decades after her role in the film often typecast as a maid.

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21 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 10 hours, 3 min)
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Butterfly McQueenButterfly McQueen will forever be associated with her role in the film Gone with the Wind where she played Scarlett's maid, Prissy and declared “I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies!”. Ms. McQueen would continue to work in pictures for almost a decade after Gone with the Wind, but she eventually tired of being stereotyped as a servant. “I didn't mind playing a maid the first time, because I thought that was how you got into the business. But after I did the same thing over and over, I resented it. I didn't mind being funny, but I didn't like being stupid.”

Thelma McQueen was born in Tampa in 1911, and she showed an aptitude for acting from an early age. At home, she was able to recite entire books of the Bible from memory. “All I knew as a child was church, church, church,” she later related. She had plans to go into nursing until a teacher at her Babylon, Long Island, New York high school suggested she try acting.

In 1937, George Abbott offered her a role in his play Brown Sugar, which flopped but won her a permanent spot in Abbott’s acting company. About this time she picked up the nickname Butterfly, in part because her hands always seemed to be in motion, but also because she had danced a butterfly ballet in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. This suited McQueen fine, as she never liked the name Thelma, and eventually had it legally changed to Butterfly.

Abbott created a role specifically for Ms. McQueen in his Broadway play “What a Life”. During an intermission in Philadelphia, news arrived that she had been selected for the role in Gone with the Wind. At first she was hesitant about accepting the part. She had an up-to-date role in an integrated company in “What a Life” and did not relish going back to the oppression of the 1800’s. However, Gone with the Wind was sure to be one of Hollywood’s biggest projects ever, and seemed too good of an opportunity to pass by.

During WWII, Butterfly appeared regularly in The Jack Benny Program as Rochester’s niece. The comic experience would serve her well when she appeared on AFRS Jubilee. She also appeared on radio’s Beulah (the show was based on a black maid character created for Fibber McGee and Molly by white actor Marlin Hurt) during the show’s later seasons and had a recurring role as Beulah’s friend Oriole during the show’s first season on CBS TV.

Although she was criticized by the NAACP for appearing in roles which perpetuated black stereotypes, Butterfly McQueen worked tirelessly in civil rights causes. She earned a bachelor of Political Science degree from New York City College in 1975, she was 64 when she graduated.

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    total playtime 10 hours, 3 min
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      21 shows - total playtime 10 hours 3 minutes
      1. Amos And Andy 491016 Charmaign Larue And Her Mother.mp3
      2. Heres To Veterans 460616 0003 Sioux City Sue.mp3
      3. Jack Benny 431031 488 Jack Pretends He Is Going To Brazil.mp3
      4. Jack Benny 431128 492 Dennis Wants Raise.mp3
      5. Jack Benny 4312 26 496 Christmas At Jacks House.mp3
      6. Jack Benny 431205 493 Jack Gets Drivers License.mp3
      7. Jack Benny 431212 494 Dennis Mother Visits.mp3
      8. Jack Benny 431219 495 Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping.mp3
      9. Jack Benny 440109 498 Jack Has Pet Camel.mp3
      10. Jack Benny 440123 500 From Camp Muroc, California.mp3
      11. Jack Benny 440213 503 From March Field.mp3
      12. Jack Benny 440220 504 Groucho Marx.mp3
      13. Jack Benny 440227 505 Hollywood Canteen.mp3
      14. Jack Benny 440319 508 Dennis Dreams He Has Radio Program.mp3
      15. Jack Benny 440326 509 Jack Throws Swimming Party.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 440521 517 Split Personality.mp3
      17. Jubilee 430712 033 Delta Rhythm Boys, Jimmy Lunceford.mp3
      18. Jubilee 430823 039 5 Charioters, Rochester, L Millander.mp3
      19. Jubilee 440626 086 Jimmie Lunceford, Nat King Cole.mp3
      20. Jubilee 440724 090 Jimmie Lunceford, Lena Horne.mp3
      21. Jubilee 440807 092 Elmer Fain, Tommy Dorsey.mp3
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    total playtime 10 hours, 3 min
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      21 shows - total playtime 10 hours 3 minutes
      1. Amos And Andy 491016 Charmaign Larue And Her Mother.mp3
      2. Heres To Veterans 460616 0003 Sioux City Sue.mp3
      3. Jack Benny 431031 488 Jack Pretends He Is Going To Brazil.mp3
      4. Jack Benny 431128 492 Dennis Wants Raise.mp3
      5. Jack Benny 4312 26 496 Christmas At Jacks House.mp3
      6. Jack Benny 431205 493 Jack Gets Drivers License.mp3
      7. Jack Benny 431212 494 Dennis Mother Visits.mp3
      8. Jack Benny 431219 495 Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping.mp3
      9. Jack Benny 440109 498 Jack Has Pet Camel.mp3
      10. Jack Benny 440123 500 From Camp Muroc, California.mp3
      11. Jack Benny 440213 503 From March Field.mp3
      12. Jack Benny 440220 504 Groucho Marx.mp3
      13. Jack Benny 440227 505 Hollywood Canteen.mp3
      14. Jack Benny 440319 508 Dennis Dreams He Has Radio Program.mp3
      15. Jack Benny 440326 509 Jack Throws Swimming Party.mp3
      16. Jack Benny 440521 517 Split Personality.mp3
      17. Jubilee 430712 033 Delta Rhythm Boys, Jimmy Lunceford.mp3
      18. Jubilee 430823 039 5 Charioters, Rochester, L Millander.mp3
      19. Jubilee 440626 086 Jimmie Lunceford, Nat King Cole.mp3
      20. Jubilee 440724 090 Jimmie Lunceford, Lena Horne.mp3
      21. Jubilee 440807 092 Elmer Fain, Tommy Dorsey.mp3
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    21 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 3 min

    Butterfly McQueen Disc A001

    1. Jack Benny 4312 26 496 Christmas At Jacks House
    2. Jubilee 430712 033 Delta Rhythm Boys, Jimmy Lunceford

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A002

    1. Jubilee 430823 039 5 Charioters, Rochester, L Millander
    2. Jack Benny 431031 488 Jack Pretends He Is Going To Brazil

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A003

    1. Jack Benny 431128 492 Dennis Wants Raise
    2. Jack Benny 431205 493 Jack Gets Drivers License

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A004

    1. Jack Benny 431212 494 Dennis Mother Visits
    2. Jack Benny 431219 495 Jack And Mary Go Christmas Shopping

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A005

    1. Jack Benny 440109 498 Jack Has Pet Camel
    2. Jack Benny 440123 500 From Camp Muroc, California

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A006

    1. Jack Benny 440213 503 From March Field
    2. Jack Benny 440220 504 Groucho Marx

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A007

    1. Jack Benny 440227 505 Hollywood Canteen
    2. Jack Benny 440319 508 Dennis Dreams He Has Radio Program

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A008

    1. Jack Benny 440326 509 Jack Throws Swimming Party
    2. Jack Benny 440521 517 Split Personality

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A009

    1. Jubilee 440626 086 Jimmie Lunceford, Nat King Cole
    2. Jubilee 440724 090 Jimmie Lunceford, Lena Horne

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A010

    1. Jubilee 440807 092 Elmer Fain, Tommy Dorsey
    2. Heres To Veterans 460616 0003 Sioux City Sue

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    Butterfly McQueen Disc A011

    1. Amos And Andy 491016 Charmaign Larue And Her Mother

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