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Job Actress
Years active 1910-1961
Known for Motherly types, husky voice and sympathetic nature
Top Roles Aunt Belle, Mrs. Gibbs, Mrs. Taylor, Ellen Whitcomb, Hannah Linden
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Musical, Film Adaptation, War
Top TopicsBased on Play, Remake, Book-Based
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Fay Bainter Overview:

Legendary character actress, Fay Bainter, was born Fay Okell Bainter on Dec 7, 1893 in Los Angeles, CA. Bainter died at the age of 74 on Apr 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

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Dark-haired and dark-eyed with a soothing smile, Fay Bainter was expert at playing motherly types. Her attractively husky voice and sympathetic nature made her a top featured attraction throughout the late 1930's and early 1940's. Her double nomination as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in 1938 (she won the latter Oscar for Jezebel) led to a change in the Academy rules. Her other Oscar nomination was for The Children's Hour in 1962.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Fay Bainter was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (as Aunt Belle Massey) in 1938.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best ActressWhite Banners (1938)HannahNominated
1938Best Supporting ActressJezebel (1938)Aunt Belle MasseyWon
1961Best Supporting ActressThe Children's Hour (1961)Mrs. Amelia TilfordNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Fay Bainter Quotes:

Mrs. Mitty: The clock didn't strike. I definitely heard it not strike.


Paul Ward: You don't think I have a fighting chance!
Hannah: I don't think you have a chance, fighting!


Henry Linden: [Referring to Maggie] Hannah, isn't she all I said?
Hannah Linden: [Cattily] I'm sure she is, Henry, and more.


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Fay Bainter Facts
She was pushed into acting by her mother. As a girl, she was on stage by age 6, and made her Broadway debut at 18. Nothing came of it, so she went back to working in stock acting companies.

Aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess.

Mother of Richard Venable.

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