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.
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:.
Fay Bainter was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (as Aunt Belle Massey) in 1938.
|1938||Best Actress||White Banners (1938)||Hannah||Nominated|
|1938||Best Supporting Actress||Jezebel (1938)||Aunt Belle Massey||Won|
|1961||Best Supporting Actress||The Children's Hour (1961)||Mrs. Amelia Tilford||Nominated|
She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
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