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Fay Bainter

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in Jezebel (1938)

Source: movieactors.com

Fay Okell Bainter was an American actress who began as a traveling stage actress. In 1912 she debuted on Broadway as Celine Marinter in The Rose of Panama (1912). After a string of Broadway shoes, she made her movie debut in This Side of Heaven (1934). Bainter quickly achieved success, and in 1938 she became the first performer nominated for both the Oscar for Best Actress, for White Banners (1937), and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (1938), winning the Best Supporting Actress award. Since then, only nine other actors have won dual nominations in a single year. She was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Children's Hour (1961). Bainter is also the aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess and sister-in-law to actress Grace Burgess.

Fact file

  • Born: Fay Okell Bainter December 7, 1893 Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Died: April 16, 1968 (aged 74) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: pneumonia
  • Resting place: Arlington National Cemetery
  • Occupation: Actress, Singer
  • Years active: 1910–1961
  • Spouse(s): Reginald Venable (m. 1921–1964; his death; 1 son)

Read more about Fay Bainter at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Left, Hattie McDaniel and Fay Bainter in 1940; Right, Halle Berry and Denzel Washington in 2002, when they both won Oscars.

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