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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cobbler (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas; Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not The Critic Who Counts; Not The Man Who Points Out How The Strong Man Stumbles, Or Where The Doer Of Deeds Could Have Done Them Better. The Credit Belongs To The Man Who Is Actually In The Arena, Whose Face Is Marred By Dust And Sweat And Blood; Who Strives Valiantly; Who Errs, Who Comes Short Again And Again, Because There Is No Effort Without Error And Shortcoming; But Who Does Actually Strive To Do The Deeds; Who Knows Great Enthusiasms, The Great Devotions; Who Spends Himself In A Worthy Cause; Who At The Best Knows In The End The Triumph Of High Achievement, And Who At The Worst, If He Fails, At Least Fails While Daring Greatly, So That His Place Shall Never Be With Those Cold And Timid Souls Who Neither Know Victory Nor Defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1945
Birth Location:
Lexington, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cobbler (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo San Lucas; Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
It Is Not The Critic Who Counts; Not The Man Who Points Out How The Strong Man Stumbles, Or Where The Doer Of Deeds Could Have Done Them Better. The Credit Belongs To The Man Who Is Actually In The Arena, Whose Face Is Marred By Dust And Sweat And Blood; Who Strives Valiantly; Who Errs, Who Comes Short Again And Again, Because There Is No Effort Without Error And Shortcoming; But Who Does Actually Strive To Do The Deeds; Who Knows Great Enthusiasms, The Great Devotions; Who Spends Himself In A Worthy Cause; Who At The Best Knows In The End The Triumph Of High Achievement, And Who At The Worst, If He Fails, At Least Fails While Daring Greatly, So That His Place Shall Never Be With Those Cold And Timid Souls Who Neither Know Victory Nor Defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1945
Birth Location:
Lexington
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Biography

Actress Hattie Mae Winston was born in Lexington, Mississippi, on March 3, 1945, to Selena Thurmond Winston and Roosevelt Love Winston. Winston was raised by her grandmother, Cora Thurmond, in nearby Greenville, Mississippi. Attending Washington Irving High School in New York City, Winston graduated in 1963; throughout her academic career she was an accomplished student and an exceptionally talented vocalist. Winston attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. after receiving a full voice scholarship.

Winston moved back to New York City after one year at Howard and enrolled in an actor’s group study workshop; success came quickly. In 1968, Winston became a replacement performer in Hair, in 1969 obtained a part in Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, and in 1970 was cast in The Me Nobody Knows, all of which were significant Broadway roles. In 1971, Winston was cast in a replacement role in Two Gentlemen of Verona. In 1983, Winston scored a starring role in the critically acclaimed Broadway play The Tap Dance Kid. Winston’s roles in To Take Up Arms and Up the Mountain earned her two Los Angeles Critics Drama-Logue awards; throughout her career, she received a variety of other theatrical honors, including two Obie Awards (for Mother Courage and The Michigan), CEBA Awards, and an Audelco Award for her contributions to the world of theater. Winston also worked as an independent producer and director, and was responsible for reviving Langston Hughes’s Black Nativity off-Broadway.

Winston worked extensively in the worlds of television and film; she had a regular role on the Emmy-award winning PBS-TV series The Electric Company, where she played Sylvia, in addition to playing Gloria Davis in the critically acclaimed series Homefront. Winston’s other television credits include Nurse, E.R., Port Charles, The Parent Hood, Malcolm & Eddie, The Smart Guy, Scrubs, and Becker. Winston’s film credits include Jackie Brown, Meet the Deedles, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Clint Eastwood’s True Crime.

Winston served as the national co-chair for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)’s Equal Employment Opportunities Committee. In 1993 and 1997, the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina honored Winston with the designation of a “Hattie Winston Day.” Over the course of her career, Winston collected scripts and screenplays by African American writers, many of which remain unpublished; in 1998, she donated a collection of writing entitled the Hattie Winston African American Scripts and Screenplays Collection to the University of Louisville in Kentucky. In 2006, Winston participated in the reading “Slave Narratives: A Mighty, Mighty People” for Stories On Stage, a non-profit performing arts organization presenting popular local and national actors in dramatic readings of short fiction.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Hattie Winston describes the professions of her paternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Hattie Winston recalls her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Hattie Winston recalls her father and her father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Hattie Winston recalls her father's childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Hattie Winston describes being adopted by her paternal aunt
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Hattie Winston describes her childhood personality in Greenville, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Hattie Winston describes her adoptive father, Louis Pampley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Hattie Winston describes her mother's ill-fated bootlegging business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Hattie Winston describes occupations in her childhood community of Greenville, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Hattie Winston describes racial prejudice growing up in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Hattie Winston recalls role models from her community in Greenville, Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Hattie Winston recalls her impressions of race relations in Mississippi in the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Hattie Winston recalls her teenage ambitions to be in show business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Hattie Winston describes going to live in the North as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Hattie Winston describes living with her biological father in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Hattie Winston describes living with her best friend, Adrianne Thomas, in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Hattie Winston recalls choosing to attend Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Hattie Winston describes her experiences at Howard University in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Hattie Winston recalls joining The Group Theater Workshop in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Hattie Winston recalls the start of her professional acting career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Hattie Winston recalls the founding of the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Hattie Winston describes her experiences in the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Hattie Winston describes her stage acting career after leaving the Negro Ensemble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Hattie Winston describes the start of her TV and voice acting career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Hattie Winston recalls how she made a career in the voiceover industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Hattie Winston recalls roles from her work as a TV and film actress
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Hattie Winston describes her community involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Hattie Winston describes her play 'The Slave Narratives'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Hattie Winston describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Hattie Winston narrates her photographs