Fay Bainter

Fay Bainter

  • Highest Rated: 100% Love Crazy (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% The Kid From Brooklyn (1946)
  • Birthday: Dec 7, 1893
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actress Fay Bainter was working in stock at age five, and by the time she was 19 was one of the privileged members of theatrical impresario David Belasco's company. First starring on Broadway in 1912, Bainter was cast in ingenue or romantic parts for the first portion of her career. When she finally decided to give movies a try, it was as a mature, somewhat plump character actress. Her first film was This Side of Heaven (1934), after which, according to many historians she was established in kindly, motherly roles - except for those in which she wasn't so kind and motherly, which constituted the more interesting moments of her film career. In 1938, Bainter made cinema history by being nominated for two Academy Awards in two different categories: As best actress for White Banners, a second-string Warners drama in which she played a "Mrs. Fixit", and as best supporting actress in Jezebel, where she had the somewhat harsher role of southern belle Bette Davis' remonstrative Aunt Belle. Academy members were confused by Bainter's dual nomination, the result being that the Academy was compelled to change its nominating and voting rules (P.S.: She won for Jezebel). Occasionally a star (The War Against Mrs. Hadley [1943]) and always near the top of the supporting-cast list, Bainter worked steadily in films until the early 1950s, shifting her attention at that time to television. In 1958, she appeared in the touring company of the Eugene O'Neill play Long Day's Journey Into Night in the role of Mary Tyrone -- a difficult and demanding assignment even for a woman half her age, but one that she pulled off brilliantly. Bainter returned to films as an unsympathetic wealthy dowager in The Children's Hour (1961), which earned her another Oscar nomination -- this time in one category only.


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No Score Yet Make Way for Tomorrow Actor 2010
86% The Children's Hour Mrs. Amelia Tilford 1961
No Score Yet The President's Lady Mrs. Donelson 1953
No Score Yet Close To My Heart Mrs. Morrow 1951
No Score Yet June Bride Paula Winthrop 1948
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Mrs. Mitty 1947
No Score Yet Deep Valley Ellie Saul 1947
No Score Yet The Virginian Mrs. Taylor 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne 1946
83% State Fair Melissa Frake 1945
No Score Yet Dark Waters Aunt Emily 1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body Margaret Sibyll 1944
No Score Yet Cry Havoc Capt. Marsh 1943
No Score Yet The War Against Mrs. Hadley Stella Hadley 1943
No Score Yet Presenting Lily Mars Mrs. Thornway 1943
80% The Human Comedy Mrs. Macauley 1943
No Score Yet Salute To The Marines Actor 1943
No Score Yet Journey for Margaret Trudy Strauss 1942
92% Woman of the Year Ellen Whitcomb 1942
100% Love Crazy Actor 1941
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway Miss 'Jonesy' Jones 1941
No Score Yet Maryland Charlotte Danfield 1940
83% Our Town Mrs. Gibbs 1940
No Score Yet Young Tom Edison Mrs. Samuel Edison 1940
No Score Yet Our Neighbors - The Carters Ellen Carter 1939
No Score Yet The Shining Hour Hannah Linden 1938
No Score Yet Mother Carey's Chickens Mrs. Carey 1938
94% Jezebel Aunt Belle Massey 1938
No Score Yet White Banners Hannah Parmalee 1938
100% Make Way for Tomorrow Anita 1937
67% Quality Street Susan Throssel 1937


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