Beatrice Straight

Highest Rated: 93% The Nun's Story (1959)
Lowest Rated: 20% Two of a Kind (1983)
Birthday: Aug 2, 1914
Birthplace: Not Available
"Beatrice who?" This was the standard reaction of younger filmgoers when Beatrice Straight won the 1976 "Best Supporting Actress" Academy Award for her performance as Louise Schumacher, the wife of philandering TV producer William Holden, in Network. Older fans with longer memories knew full well who Beatrice Straight was--and also knew that she'd won her Oscar not merely for her brief Network stint, but for the work of a lifetime. Extensively trained in the Classics by such instructors as Tamara Daykarhanova and Michael Chekhov, Straight made her first Broadway appearance in 1935. She went on to appear in such New York stage productions as The Heiress, Ghosts, and A Streetcar Named Desire, winning the coveted Tony Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth Proctor in 1953's The Crucible. In films from 1951, she was often constrained by minor roles far beneath her talents; exceptions to this rule included her portrayal of Michael Rennie's widow in Phone Call from a Stranger (1952) and the wife of up-and-coming executive Van Heflin in Patterns (1956). Even after winning her Oscar, she found herself in so-so parts that any character actress could have played--though again, there were exceptions, notably her performance as the overconfident paranormal investigator in Poltergeist (1982). Like many another stage stalwart, Straight supplemented her Broadway income in such Manhattan-based TV soap operas as Love of Life. Her prime-time TV roles included Mrs. Hacker in Beacon Hill (1975), the Queen Mother in Wonder Woman (1976), Louisa Beauchamp in King's Crossing (1982), and Rose Kennedy in the 1985 miniseries Robert Kennedy and His Times. Beatrice Straight was at one time the wife of film and Broadway actor Peter Cookson.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff Actor 1999
39% Deceived Adrienne's Mother 1991
No Score Yet People Like Us Actor 1990
50% Power Claire Hastings 1986
No Score Yet Chiller Marion Creighton 1985
No Score Yet Robert Kennedy and His Times Actor 1984
20% Two of a Kind Ruth 1983
86% Poltergeist Dr. Lesh 1982
29% Endless Love Rose 1981
30% The Formula Kay 1980
No Score Yet Psychotic Connections Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Promise (Face of a Stranger) Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's 'Bloodline' Kate Erling 1979
No Score Yet The Promise Marion 1978
No Score Yet The Dain Curse Actor 1978
No Score Yet Killer on Board Actor 1977
92% Network Louise Schumacher 1976
No Score Yet The Borrowers Actor 1973
93% The Nun's Story Mother Christophe 1959
80% Patterns Nancy Staples 1956
No Score Yet The Silken Affair Actor 1956
No Score Yet Phone Call From a Stranger Mrs. Fortness 1952

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Marjorie
  • 1988
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Queen
  • 1978
  • 1977
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Dr. Martha Richards Zubrovnik
  • 1966
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Cynthia Fortnum Ida Blythe
  • 1960
  • 1959

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