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Miriam Hopkins



American actress Miriam Hopkins studied to be a dancer, but her first major opportunity with a touring ballet troupe was cut short when she broke her ankle. Opting for an acting career, Hopkins drew upon her Georgia background to specialize in playing Southern belles, most notably in the 1933 Broadway play Jezebel. Entering films with 1930's Fast and Loose, Hopkins became a popular film star, though many critics and film historians deemed her histrionic, uninhibited style as "an acquired taste." During the early stages of her film career, Hopkins contributed at least two memorable performances: Champagne Ivy, the doomed cockney songstress in the Fredric March version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), and the title role in Becky Sharp (1935), the first feature film to be shot in the three-strip Technicolor process. Relatively charming offscreen, Hopkins could be a terror on the set, driving co-stars to distraction with her lateness, lack of concentration and self-centered attitude towards camera angles; she owned the distinction of being one of the few actors ever reprimanded in full view of the production crew by the otherwise gentlemanly Edward G. Robinson. Still, she had her following, and was able to continue her stage career (she was particularly good in the 1958 Pulitzer Prize winner Look Homeward Angel) after her movie popularity waned. One of Hopkins' best later roles was her character part in 1961's The Children's Hour; 25 years earlier, Miriam had starred in the first film version of that Lillian Hellman play, These Three (1936).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Lubitsch Musicals
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Savage Intruder
  • Actor
1968
80% The Chase
  • Mrs. Reeves
1966
No Score Yet Fanny Hill
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "Don't Open Till Doomsday"
  • Actor
1964
86% The Children's Hour
  • Mrs. Lily Mortar
1961
No Score Yet Outcasts Of Poker Flats
  • Duchess
1952
No Score Yet Carrie
  • Julie Hurstwood
1952
100% The Heiress
  • Lavinia Penniman
1950
No Score Yet Old Acquaintance
  • Millie Drake
1943
No Score Yet A Gentleman After Dark
  • Flo Melton
1942
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair
  • Mrs. Leslie Carter
1940
No Score Yet Virginia City
  • Julia Hayne/Julie Adams
1940
No Score Yet The Old Maid
  • Delia Lovell Ralston
1939
No Score Yet Wise Girl
  • Susan 'Susie' Fletcher
1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man
  • Virginia Travis
1937
No Score Yet The Woman I Love
  • Mme. Helene Maury
1937
No Score Yet Men Are Not Gods
  • Ann Williams
1936
100% These Three
  • Martha Dobie
1936
100% Barbary Coast
  • Mary 'Swan' Rutledge
1935
No Score Yet Becky Sharp
  • Becky Sharp
1935
No Score Yet Splendor
  • Phyllis Manning Lorrimore
1935
No Score Yet The Richest Girl in the World
  • Dorothy Hunter
1934
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not
  • Curly Flagg
1934
75% Design for Living
  • Gilda Farrell
1933
No Score Yet Stranger's Return
  • Louise
1933
No Score Yet The Story of Temple Drake
  • Temple Drake
1933
91% Trouble in Paradise
  • Lily Vautier
1932
No Score Yet Women of Courage
  • Actor
1932
93% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Ivy Pearson
1931
88% The Smiling Lieutenant
  • Princess Anna
1931
No Score Yet Fast and Loose
  • Marion Lenox
1930

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