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Fay Bainter – MovieActors.com

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Fay Bainter: Best Supporting Actress 1938: MovieActors.com

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JEZEBEL (Drama)

Fay Bainter won her Supporting Oscar for playing Julie's (Bette Davis) stern but sympathetic friend.











About Fay Bainter (1892 – 1968)

Fay Bainter was born December 7, 1891 in Los Angeles, California. Although she was raised in Los Angeles, Bainter first made a mark for herself via the big stage on Broadway, where she starred in many plays and quickly gained notoriety. Bainter was as ambitious as she was talented. In 1934, Bainter made a switch from the stage to the silver screen with her debut role in the film, THIS SiIDE OF HEAVEN.

In 1938, Fay Bainter became the first thespian to be nominated for an Academy Award in two categories the same year. Bainter won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, for her performance as Aunt Belle, in 1938's Jezebel. That same year, Fay was also nominated for Best Actress for her leading role in White Banners. Fay remains one of only ten thespians to have accomplished the dual nominations for two separate films in the same year.

Bainter was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1961's, THE CHILDRENS HOUR, as the kingpin character of the wealthy grandmother, whose complaint of lesbianism among the school staff which ultimately does so much damage, is based on her bully granddaughters's fabricated account. The film is based on Lillian Hellman's play of the same name.

Bainter appeared with Hepburn and Tracy in WOMAN OF THE YEAR in Bainter has appeared on the screen 65 times throughout her career, starring in memorable leading and supporting roles.

Fay continued to move audiences with her talent until her death in April of 1968. Fay Bainter succeeded her husband, Reginald Venable, who died four years earlier. The two are buried at Arlington National Cemetery as a result of her husband's military service.

Fay Bainter's notable movie credits include...

This Side of Heaven (1934)
Quality Street (1937)
The Shining Hour (1938)
Daughters Courageous (1939)
Young Tom Edison (1940)
Our Town (1940)
Babes on Broadway (1941)
The Human Comedy (1943)
Dark Waters (1944)
State Fair (1945)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Deep Valley (1947)
June Bride (1948)
Close to My Heart (1951)
The President's Lady (1953)
The Children's Hour (1961)



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