Butterfly McQueen

The showbiz nickname of black actress Thelma McQueen, born in 1911 in Tampa, Florida. She received her nickname when she danced as a young woman in the Butterfly Ballet in a stage production of “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.”


She is best remembered for her role as Sassy, the slave girl who mislead Scarlett O’Hara into believing she had experience with birthing babies in the now classic film Gone With the Wind (1939).

Note: On the sitcom BEULAH/ABC/1950-53, Butterfly McQueen appeared as Oriole, the girlfriend of Beulah, “TVs Favorite Black Maid” and “Queen of the Kitchen.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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