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Fay Bainter

Fay Bainter

A change in the Academy Awards nominating and voting rules was made because of confusion over her two nominations in 1938.

Aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess.

Buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Her husband was a military officer who is buried there.

Her husband (1890-1964) was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy.

Mother of Richard Venable.



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, Cate Blanchett, Barry Fitzgerald (he was nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx. Bainter was the first to have ever been nominated for both awards in the same year.

Screen, stage, and television actress.

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.


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