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Beatrice Straight

Highest Rated:   93% The Nun's Story (1959)
Lowest Rated:   20% Two of a Kind (1983)
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"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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Golden Age Ghost Tales
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff
  • Actor
1999
38% Deceived
  • Adrienne's Mother
1991
No Score Yet People Like Us
  • Actor
1990
55% 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
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - The Princess and the Pea
  • Actor
1983
88% Poltergeist
  • Dr. Lesh
1982
25% 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
91% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Queen

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