Beatrice Straight

Beatrice Straight

Highest Rated: 94% The Nun's Story (1959)

Lowest Rated: 18% Two of a Kind (1983)

Birthday: Aug 02, 1914

Birthplace: Old Westbury, New York, USA

A classically trained actress with extensive stage experience, Beatrice Straight made her mark on film late in her career, but did so with indelible performances that made the most of her keen intelligence and aristocratic manner. A member of the now legendary Group Theater from its inception, Straight won a Tony award for Best Actress in 1953 for her performance as Elizabeth Proctor in "The Crucible." She also worked frequently in television, beginning in the medium's early live broadcast era and appearing consistently in TV movies and series until the end of the 1980s. She had appeared in just four feature films before she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Louis Schumacher in Sydney Lumet's "Network" (1975). Straight held the record for the briefest performance to win an Oscar - a scant five minutes and 40 seconds of screen time. Regardless, in a dazzling display of acting prowess, Straight portrayed the full gamut of the devastated Schumacher's emotions in a single, intense scene in which her husband, (William Holden), confesses to an affair. The Oscar win brought Straight greater recognition, but also typecast the versatile actress for the first time in her career. From that point, she predominantly played severe matriarchal roles, such as the brittle Dr. Lesh in "Poltergeist" (1982). Having honed her craft in a long and celebrated stage career, Beatrice Straight established a remarkable screen presence as a character actress with finely drawn performances that were as powerful as they were rare.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Siege Margaret Sloan (Character) - 1986
50% 45% Power Claire Hastings (Character) $3.1M 1986
No Score Yet 13% Chiller Marion Creighton (Character) - 1985
18% 38% Two of a Kind Ruth (Character) - 1983
86% 79% Poltergeist Dr. Lesh (Character) - 1982
28% 52% Endless Love Rose Axelrod (Character) - 1981
30% 22% The Formula Kay Neeley (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 62% The Promise Marion Hillyard (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer on Board Beatrice Richmond (Character) - 1977
91% 93% Network Louise Schumacher (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 33% The Borrowers Mrs. Crampfurl (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Lovers Mrs. Burns (Character) - 1964
94% 82% The Nun's Story Mother Christophe (Sanatorium) (Character) - 1959
80% 83% Patterns Nancy Staples (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silken Affair Theora (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet King Lear Goneril (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Phone Call From a Stranger Claire Fortness (Character) - 1952


No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robert Kennedy and His Times Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet King's Crossing Louisa Beauchamp (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dain Curse Alice Dain Leggett (Character) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Victoria Cahill (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Elena De Amundo (Guest Star) 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Edith Bauer (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Daisy Jackson (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1954 1952


Dr. Lesh says: Would your family welcome a serious investigation of these disturbances by someone who can make firsthand observations?

Steve Freeling says: Look, Dr. Lesh. We don't care about the disturbances, the pounding and the flashing, the screaming, the music. We just want you to find our little girl.

Louise Schumacher says: Do you love her?

Max Schumacher says: I don't know how I feel. I'm grateful I can feel anything. I know I'm obsessed with her.

Louise Schumacher says: Then say it. You keep telling me that you're obsessed, you're infatuated. Say that you're in love with her.

Max Schumacher says: I'm in love with her.