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Early Life and Career of Butterfly McQueen Butterfly McQueen, born Thelma McQueen on January 7, 1911, was an American actress and dancer best known for her role as Prissy in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind.” Her unique name was given to her by her mother, who believed that she would “flutter” through life like a butterfly. McQueen’s early life was marked by hardship and determination, as she faced numerous challenges on her path to success. Born in Tampa, Florida, McQueen grew up in a racially segregated society. She attended a segregated school and faced discrimination on a daily basis. Despite these obstacles, McQueen had a passion for the arts from a young age. She began taking dance lessons and quickly discovered her talent for performing. Her natural grace and charisma set her apart from her peers, and she soon became a sought-after dancer in local productions. In the…