Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fay Bainter

Who was born on this date:

Actress Fay Bainter was born on December 7, 1894 in Los Angeles, California. Her short ten year film acting career (1934 to 1944) began with This Side of Heaven (1934) and concluded with Dark Waters (1944). During this brief ten year period, she appeared in twenty-seven motion pictures that included: Quality Street (1937), The Shinning Hour (1938), Young Tom Edison (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), Cry Havoc (1943), and Heavenly Body (1944). In 1939, Bainter was the first actress to be nominated for two separate Academy Awards in the same year, best actress, White Banners (1938), and best supporting actress, Jezebel (1938). She lost in the best actress category but won the best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Aunt Belle in Jezebel (opposite Bette Davis, who won for best actress). Due to confusion in the voting, the Academy was forced to change the rules. Bainter came out of semi-retirement in 1961 to film, The Children’s Hour, and was again honored with a best supporting actress Oscar nomination but lost to Rita Moreno. Bainter died on April 16, 1968 at her home in Los Angeles, California from pneumonia. Her funeral service was held at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., lawn section 3, space 2456-1, next to her husband, U.S. Navy, Lt. Commander Reginald Venable. 

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