Fay Bainter

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Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter in Jezebel trailer.jpg
in Jezebel (1938)
BornFay Okell Bainter
(1893-12-07)December 7, 1893
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
DiedApril 16, 1968(1968-04-16) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
pneumonia
Resting place
Arlington National Cemetery
OccupationActress
Years active1910-1961
Spouse(s)Reginald Venable
(m.1921-1964; his death; 1 son)
 
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Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter in Jezebel trailer.jpg
in Jezebel (1938)
BornFay Okell Bainter
(1893-12-07)December 7, 1893
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
DiedApril 16, 1968(1968-04-16) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
pneumonia
Resting place
Arlington National Cemetery
OccupationActress
Years active1910-1961
Spouse(s)Reginald Venable
(m.1921-1964; his death; 1 son)

Fay Okell Bainter (December 7, 1893 – April 16, 1968) was an American film and stage actress.[2]

Early life[edit]

Portrait of Fay Bainter by Robert Henri (1918)

She was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Charles F. Bainter and Mary Okell. In 1910, she was a traveling stage actress. She made her first appearance on stage in 1908 in The County Chairman at Morosco's Theater in Burbank, California and her Broadway debut was in the role as Celine Marinter in The Rose of Panama (1912). She appeared in a number of successful plays in New York like East is West, The Willow Tree, and Dodsworth. In 1926 she appeared with Walter Abel in a Broadway production of Channing Pollock's The Enemy.

Career[edit]

MGM persuaded her to try films and her movie debut was in This Side of Heaven (February 1934), the same year she appeared in Dodsworth on Broadway and in the film It Happened One Day (July 1934). Bainter quickly achieved success, and in 1938 she became the first performer nominated in the same year for both the Academy Award for Best Actress, for White Banners (1938), and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for Jezebel (1938), winning for the latter. Since then, only nine other actors have won dual nominations in a single year. In 1940 she played Mrs. Gibbs in the film production of the Thornton Wilder play Our Town. In 1945 she played Melissa Frake in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair. She was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Children's Hour (1961). Finally, in 1962, Fay appeared as a guest star on The Donna Reed Show.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood

Personal life[edit]

Fay Bainter and Reginald Venable married on June 8, 1921, in Riverside, California.[3] The couple had one son, Reginald Venable Jr. (1926–1974), who became an actor. Bainter was the aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess.

As her husband, Reginald Venable, was a military officer, the couple are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Filmography[edit]

Films
YearTitleRoleNotes
1934This Side of HeavenFrancene Turner
1937Quality StreetSusan Throssel
1937Soldier and the Lady, TheThe Soldier and the LadyStrogoff's Mother
1937Make Way for TomorrowAnita Cooper
1938White BannersHannah ParmaleeNominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
1938JezebelAunt BelleAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1938Mother Carey's ChickensMrs. Margaret Carey
1938Arkansas Traveler, TheThe Arkansas TravelerMrs. Martha Allen
1938Shining Hour, TheThe Shining HourHannah Linden
1939Yes, My Darling DaughterAnn "Annie" Murray
1939Lady and the Mob, TheThe Lady and the MobHattie Leonard
1939Daughters CourageousNancy "Nan" Masters
1939Our Neighbors – The CartersEllen Carter
1940Young Tom EdisonMrs. Samuel (Nancy) Edison
1940Our TownMrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs
1940Bill of Divorcement, AA Bill of DivorcementMargaret "Meg" Fairfield
1940MarylandCharlotte Danfield
1941Babes on BroadwayMiss "Jonesy" Jones
1942Woman of the YearEllen Whitcomb
1942War Against Mrs. Hadley, TheThe War Against Mrs. HadleyStella Hadley
1942Journey for MargaretTrudy Strauss
1942Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage PatchMrs. Elvira Wiggs
1943Human Comedy, TheThe Human ComedyMrs. Macauley
1943Presenting Lily MarsMrs. Thornway
1943Salute to the MarinesJennie Bailey
1943Cry 'Havoc'Captain Alice Marsh
1944Heavenly Body, TheThe Heavenly BodyMargaret Sibyll
1944Dark WatersAunt Emily
1944Three Is a FamilyFrances Whittaker
1945State FairMelissa Frake
1946Kid from Brooklyn, TheThe Kid from BrooklynMrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
1946Virginian, TheThe VirginianMrs. Taylor
1947Deep ValleyEllie Saul
1947Secret Life of Walter Mitty, TheThe Secret Life of Walter MittyMrs. Eunice Mitty
1948Give My Regards to BroadwayFay Norwick
1948June BridePaula Winthrop
1951Close to My HeartMrs. Morrow
1953President's Lady, TheThe President's LadyMrs. Donaldson
1961Children's Hour, TheThe Children's HourMrs. Amelia TilfordLaurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance (2nd place)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fay Bainter". The Montreal Gazette. Apr 18, 1968. p. 35. 
  2. ^ Obituary Variety, April 24, 1968.
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times, November 24, 1921, "Marriage Of Star Is Declared — Wedding of Fay Bainter and Navy Man Revealed by Mother of Actress", p. 17.

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