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The Member of the Wedding (1952) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Stanley Kramer, Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

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Best ActressJulie HarrisNominated
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The Member of the Wedding (1952)

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As Method acting rose to prominence, cinema took notice and started gobbling up stage-plays, giving Method actors a playground for their finest work as well as retaining a print of the play for posterity. The early-1950s saw a litany of stage-esque stories, all of which start melding together with t... Read full article


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John Henry: Mean old bossy Frankie!
Berenice Sadie Brown: Just what is she doing that's so mean? Just trying to get some rest.


Frances 'Frankie' Addams: We'll just walk up to people and know them right away. We'll be walking down a dark road, and see a lighted house and knock on the door, and strangers will rush to meet us and say, "Come in! Come in!" We'll know decorated aviators and New York people and movie stars. And we'll have thousands and thousands of friends. We'll belong to so many clubs that we can't even keep track of them all. We'll be members of the WHOLE WORLD!


Berenice Sadie Brown: Look at your hair to begin with. Done had all your hair shaved off like a convict. You tie this ribbon around this head with no hair, it looks peculiar.
Frances 'Frankie' Addams: But I'm going to wash and try to stretch my hair tonight.


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Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Brandon De Wilde all repeated their roles from the original Broadway production.
The original Broadway production of "The Member of the Wedding" opened at the Empire Theater January 5, 1950 and ran for 501 performances.
Julie Harris was 27, when she played 12 year-old Frankie Addams.
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