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This Day in Georgia History

January 08, 1911

Butterfly McQueen Born

Actress Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen was born in Tampa, Florida. She lived part of her youth in Augusta, Ga., but graduated from high school in New York. She became a dancer (where she earned the “Butterfly” nickname), but is better remembered for her acting on stage, radio, television, and motion pictures. Though she graduated from college in 1975, McQueen will always be remembered for her role as Prissy in the movie Gone With the Wind–in particular her line, “Oh, Miss Scarlett, I don’t know nuthin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies”). She died near Augusta on Dec. 22, 1995, when her clothes caught on fire while trying to light a lantern.