Fay Bainter

as Herself - Presenter of 1939 Oscars for Supporting Roles in the movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards

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Real name is Fay Okell Bainter
Was born at 7 December 1893 in Los Angeles, California, USA . Died at 16 April 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA (pneumonia)

Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time,she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company inLos Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose ofPanama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913),were conspicuous failures. She continued in stock and, after forming anassociation with 'David Belasco (I)' , took another swing atBroadway.

She had her first hit with a dynamic performance, whichestablished her as major theatrical star, as Ming Toy in 'East isWest', at the Astor Theatre (1918-1920). Alternating between comedy andmelodrama, Fay then shone in 'The Enemy' (1925-26) with'Walter Abel' and gave an outstanding performance of mid-lifecrisis as the desperate Fran Dodsworth ('Dodsworth',1934-35), opposite'Walter Huston' as her husband Sam. Fay never had the chance torecreate her stage role on screen - 'Ruth Chatterton' got the partinstead. At the same time, now aged 41, she was offered a role in herfirst motion picture, This Side of Heaven (1934) . Co-starringopposite 'Lionel Barrymore' , this was the first of manythoughtful, understanding wives, aunts and mothers she was to play overthe next twenty years.

Of stocky built, with expressive eyes and a warm, slightly smoky voice,Fay rarely essayed unsympathetic or hard-boiled characters, with theexception of her Oscar-nominated dowager in The Children's Hour (1961) . While not often top-billed, her nameremained consistently high in the list of credits throughout hercareer. Critics applauded her sterling performances in productions like Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) and Quality Street (1937) ,as 'Katharine Hepburn' 's excitable spinster sister. Fay won theAcademy Award as Best Supporting Actress for the movie Jezebel (1938) . As Bette Davis' stern, reproving Aunt Belle, sheexcelled in a somewhat meatier role than the genteel or fluttery ladiesshe had previously been engaged to portray.

That same year, she wasalso nominated (as Best Actress) for her housekeeper, Hannah Parmalee,in White Banners (1938) , but lost to 'Bette Davis' . Fayenhanced many more films with her presence during the 1940's, notablyas Mrs. Elvira Wiggs, in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1942) ,'Merle Oberon' 's eccentric aunt from the bayou in Dark Waters (1944) and 'Danny Kaye' 's mother in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) . From the 1950's, shealternated stage with acting on television.

Her last role of note wasas Mary Tyrone in 'Eugene O'Neill (I)' 's 'Long Day's Journey intoNight', on tour with the National Company in 1958. .

There is some small facts about Fay Bainter:
  • Screen, stage and television actress.
  • Aunt of 'Dorothy Burgess' .
  • A change in the Academy Awards nominating and voting rules was made because of confusion over her two nominations in 1938.
  • Following her death, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Her husband was a military officer who was buried there.
  • One of the ten thespians to have been nominated for both a supporting and lead acting Academy Award in the same year for two different movies. The other nine are 'Teresa Wright (I)' , 'Cate Blanchett' , 'Barry Fitzgerald (I)' (he was nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), 'Jessica Lange (I)' , 'Sigourney Weaver' , 'Al Pacino (I)' , 'Emma Thompson (I)' , 'Holly Hunter (I)' , 'Julianne Moore' and 'Jamie Foxx' . Bainter was the first to have ever been nominated for both awards in the same year.
  • She was pushed into acting by her mother. As a girl, she was on stage by age 6, and made her Broadway debut at age 18. Nothing came of it, so she went back to working in stock acting companies.
  • Her husband Reginald Sydney Hugh Venable (1890-1964) was a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy.
  • Presented the very first African-American winner with the Oscar statuette when 'Hattie McDaniel' won Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind (1939) (February 29, 1940, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles).
  • She became one of the few performers to be nominated for lead and supporting Oscars in the same year (for White Banners (1938) and Jezebel (1938) ). She won for the latter.
  • Was the 12th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Jezebel (1938) at The 11th Academy Awards on February 23, 1939.
  • Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
  • Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are 'Gloria Grahame' , 'Jo Van Fleet' , 'Liza Minnelli' , 'Tatum O'Neal' , 'Diane Keaton' , 'Sally Field' , 'Anjelica Huston' , 'Cher (I)' , 'Jodie Foster' , 'Helen Hunt (I)' , 'Gwyneth Paltrow' , 'Angelina Jolie' , 'Marcia Gay Harden' and 'Brie Larson' .
  • Daughter of Charles Frederick Bainter (1849-1928), born in Illinois, and Mary Okell (1850-1922), born in England.
  • Her son Reginald died on June 27, 1974 in Los Angeles, California at age 50.
  • Gave birth to her only child at age 29, a son Reginald S. Venable Jr. on July 23, 1923. Child's father was her husband, Reginald Venable Sr.
  • Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her son Reginald when she began performing in the Broadway play "The Other Rose".
  • Was 3 months pregnant with her son Reginald when she completed her run of the Broadway play "The Lady Cristillinda".
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There is the list of movies, where Fay Bainter was taked part:
1 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards 1940 as Herself - Presenter of 1939 Oscars for Supporting Roles
2 Daughters Courageous movie Daughters Courageous 1939 as Nancy 'Nan' Masters
3 Give My Regards to Broadway movie Give My Regards to Broadway 1948 as Fay Norwick
4 Mother Careys Chickens movie Mother Careys Chickens 1938 as Mrs. Margaret Carey
5 Our Neighbors - The Carters movie Our Neighbors - The Carters 1939 as Ellen Carter
6 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9 movie Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9 1938 as Herself - Oscar Winner
7 Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 1 movie Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 1 1939 as Herself
8 The Arkansas Traveler movie The Arkansas Traveler 1938 as Mrs. Martha Allen
9 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind movie The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind 1988 as Presenter of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Hattie McDaniel at the 12th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony
10 The Soldier and the Lady movie The Soldier and the Lady 1937 as Strogoff's Mother
11 The War Against Mrs. Hadley movie The War Against Mrs. Hadley 1942 as Stella Hadley
12 Adventures in Paradise movie Adventures in Paradise 1959 as Sister Josephine
13 Private Screenings movie Private Screenings 1995 as Trudy Strauss - 'Journey For Margaret'
14 Robert Montgomery Presents movie Robert Montgomery Presents 1950 as Bella Fleace
15 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour movie The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962 as Mary Caulfield
16 The Ford Television Theatre movie The Ford Television Theatre 1952 as Mrs. Menckin
17 A Bill of Divorcement movie A Bill of Divorcement 1940 as Margaret 'Meg' Fairfield
18 Babes on Broadway movie Babes on Broadway 1941 as Miss Jones
19 Breakdowns of 1938 movie Breakdowns of 1938 1938 as Hannah Parmalee (White Banners outtakes)
20 Close to My Heart movie Close to My Heart 1951 as Mrs. Morrow
21 Cry Havoc movie Cry Havoc 1943 as Captain Marsh
22 Dark Waters movie Dark Waters 1944 as Aunt Emily
23 Deep Valley movie Deep Valley 1947 as Ellie Saul
24 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage 1983 as Herself
25 Jezebel movie Jezebel 1938 as Aunt Belle
26 Journey for Margaret movie Journey for Margaret 1942 as Trudy Strauss
27 June Bride movie June Bride 1948 as Paula Winthrop
28 Make Way for Tomorrow movie Make Way for Tomorrow 1937 as Anita Cooper
29 Maryland movie Maryland 1940 as Charlotte Danfield
30 Mister Gardenia Jones movie Mister Gardenia Jones 1942 as Emmy Jones
31 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch 1942 as Mrs. Elvira Wiggs
32 Our Town movie Our Town 1940 as Mrs. Gibbs
33 Presenting Lily Mars movie Presenting Lily Mars 1943 as Mrs. Thornway
34 Quality Street movie Quality Street 1937 as Susan Throssel
35 Salute to the Marines movie Salute to the Marines 1943 as Jennie Bailey
36 State Fair movie State Fair 1945 as Melissa Frake
37 The 34th Annual Academy Awards movie The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 as Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
38 The Childrens Hour movie The Childrens Hour 1961 as Mrs. Amelia Tilford
39 The Heavenly Body movie The Heavenly Body 1944 as Margaret Sibyll
40 The Human Comedy movie The Human Comedy 1943 as Mrs. Macauley
There is the list of some articles of Fay Bainter:
  • "Films in Review" (USA), 1965, Vol. XVI, Iss. 1, pg. 64, by: Jeanne Stein, "Fay Bainter"
There is the list of some quotes of Fay Bainter:
  • [In 1938] There comes a day when the flush of youth disappears from every woman's face. Most women dread it. I did. Like so many things, however, it is worse in anticipation than actual fact.
  • [on her early stage work with Minnie Maddern Fiske] I was only a raw girl, with no better sense than to ape Mrs. Fiske in everything she did.
  • Some of the young players that all that is required of them is learning lines and speaking them when their cue comes. They stand staring at you with vacant eyes, concentrating on what they have to say, instead of listening to and concentrating on what you are saying.
  • [on wearing a black wig for her role as Ming Toy in the stage production of East is West] A disappointed blonde am I. And the dye runs and is ruining my hair.
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