Get to Know Eugene Allen, the Inspiration Behind "The Butler"
Eugene Allen was born on July 14, 1919, in Scottsville, Virginia. After working as a waiter in several restaurants, he took a job as a pantry chef at the White House, washing dishes and replenishing the cabinets, in 1952. The job paid $2,400 a year. (Photo: Kevin Clark/The Washington Post/Getty Images)