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Miriam Hopkins

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Biography

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Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972) was an American actress known for her versatility in a wide variety of roles.

At the age of 20, she became a chorus girl in New York City. In 1930, she signed with Paramount Pictures, and made her official film debut in Fast and Loose. Her first great success was in Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble in Paradise (1932), where she proved her charm and wit as a beautiful and jealous pickpocket. During the remainder of the decade, she appeared in such films as The Smiling Lieutenant and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (both 1931), Design for Living (1933), Becky Sharp (1935), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, Barbary Coast (1935), These Three (1936) (the first of four films with director William Wyler) and The Old Maid (1939). Hopkins rejected the role of Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934), the role went to Claudette Colbert and resulted in an Academy Award.

Hopkins had well-publicized fights with her arch-enemy Bette Davis (Davis was having an affair with Hopkins' husband at the time, Anatole Litvak), when they co-starred in their two films The Old Maid (1939) and Old Acquaintance (1943).

After Old Acquaintance, she did not work again in films until The Heiress (1949), where she played the lead character's aunt. In Mitchell Leisen's 1951's screwball comedy The Mating Season, she gave a comic performance as Gene Tierney's character's mother. She also acted in The Children's Hour, which is a remake of her film These Three (1936). In the remake, she played the aunt to Shirley MacLaine, while MacLaine took Hopkins' original role.

Hopkins auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind, having one advantage none of the other candidates had: she was a native Georgian; however she did not get the part, which went to Vivien Leigh.

She was a television pioneer, performing in teleplays in three decades, spanning the late 1940s through the late 1960s, in such programs as The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (1949), Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1951), Lux Video Theatre (1951-1955), and even an episode of The Flying Nun in 1969.

Fact file

  • Born: Ellen Miriam Hopkins October 18, 1902 Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
  • Died: October 9, 1972 (aged 69) New York City, New York, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Heart Attack
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 1928–1970
  • Spouse(s): Brandon Peters (1926–27) Austin Parker (1928–31) Anatole Litvak (1937–39) Raymond B. Brock (1945–51)
  • Children: Michael T. Hopkins (1932–2010)

Read more about Miriam Hopkins at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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1929 In The Camel Through the Needle's Eye, Miriam Hopkins plays a poor woman who discovers the hard way that money can't buy happiness. This drama will run six months.

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1921 The Music Box Revue of 1921 is the premiere performance at the new Music Box Theatre, which opened on 45th Street today. This is the first edition of the Revue, itself the first to exhibit the work of one composer. Included in this production's numbers are Irving Berlin's "Say ...

PLAYBILL VAULT'S Today In Theatre History: APRIL 15
Playbill Combined , 2012-04-15 04:00:00
1929 In The Camel Through the Needle's Eye, Miriam Hopkins plays a poor woman who discovers the hard way that money can't buy happiness. This drama will run six months.

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