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Fay Bainter



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Westinghouse Studio One - "Black Rain"
  • Actor
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
80% 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 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
90% 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 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
60% Quality Street
  • Susan Throssel
1937

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