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Five Things You Must Know About Butterfly McQueen: 

1. Graduated from New York City College in 1975 at the age of 64 with a degree in political science. 

2. Born Thelma McQueen, she planned to become a nurse until a high school teacher encouraged her to try an acting class.

3. She gained her nickname "Butterfly," after a ballet performance in A Midsummer's Night Dream.

4. McQueen was an atheist. 

5. She donated her body to medical science. 

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