in Jezebel (1938)
|Born||Fay Okell Bainter
December 7, 1893
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||April 16, 1968
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||pneumonia|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
(m. 1921–1964; his death; 1 son)
She was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Charles F. Bainter and Mary Okell. In 1910, she was a traveling stage actress. She made her first appearance on stage in 1908 in The County Chairman at Morosco's Theater in Burbank, California and her Broadway debut was in the role as Celine Marinter in The Rose of Panama (1912). She appeared in a number of successful plays in New York like East is West, The Willow Tree, and Dodsworth. In 1926 she appeared with Walter Abel in a Broadway production of Channing Pollock's The Enemy.
MGM persuaded her to try films and her movie debut was in This Side of Heaven (February 1934), the same year she appeared in Dodsworth on Broadway and in the film It Happened One Day (July 1934). Bainter quickly achieved success, and in 1938 she became the first performer nominated in the same year for both the Academy Award for Best Actress, for White Banners (1938), and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, for Jezebel (1938), winning for the latter. Since then, only nine other actors have won dual nominations in a single year. In 1940 she played Mrs. Gibbs in the film production of the Thornton Wilder play Our Town. In 1945 she played Melissa Frake in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair. She was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Children's Hour (1961). Finally, in 1962, Fay appeared as a guest star on The Donna Reed Show.
Fay Bainter and Reginald Venable married on June 8, 1921, in Riverside, California. The couple had one son, Reginald Venable Jr. (1926–1974), who became an actor. Bainter was the aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess.
|1934||This Side of Heaven||Francene Turner|
|1937||Quality Street||Susan Throssel|
|1937||The Soldier and the Lady||Strogoff's Mother|
|1937||Make Way for Tomorrow||Anita Cooper|
|1938||White Banners||Hannah Parmalee||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress|
|1938||Jezebel||Aunt Belle||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|1938||Mother Carey's Chickens||Mrs. Margaret Carey|
|1938||The Arkansas Traveler||Mrs. Martha Allen|
|1938||Shining Hour, TheThe Shining Hour||Hannah Linden|
|1939||Yes, My Darling Daughter||Ann "Annie" Murray|
|1939||Lady and the Mob, TheThe Lady and the Mob||Hattie Leonard|
|1939||Daughters Courageous||Nancy "Nan" Masters|
|1939||Our Neighbors – The Carters||Ellen Carter|
|1940||Young Tom Edison||Mrs. Samuel (Nancy) Edison|
|1940||Our Town||Mrs. Julia Hersey Gibbs|
|1940||Bill of Divorcement, AA Bill of Divorcement||Margaret "Meg" Fairfield|
|1941||Babes on Broadway||Miss "Jonesy" Jones|
|1942||Woman of the Year||Ellen Whitcomb|
|1942||War Against Mrs. Hadley, TheThe War Against Mrs. Hadley||Stella Hadley|
|1942||Journey for Margaret||Trudy Strauss|
|1942||Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch||Mrs. Elvira Wiggs|
|1943||Human Comedy, TheThe Human Comedy||Mrs. Macauley|
|1943||Presenting Lily Mars||Mrs. Thornway|
|1943||Salute to the Marines||Jennie Bailey|
|1943||Cry 'Havoc'||Captain Alice Marsh|
|1944||Heavenly Body, TheThe Heavenly Body||Margaret Sibyll|
|1944||Dark Waters||Aunt Emily|
|1944||Three Is a Family||Frances Whittaker|
|1945||State Fair||Melissa Frake|
|1946||Kid from Brooklyn, TheThe Kid from Brooklyn||Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne|
|1946||Virginian, TheThe Virginian||Mrs. Taylor|
|1947||Deep Valley||Ellie Saul|
|1947||Secret Life of Walter Mitty, TheThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty||Mrs. Eunice Mitty|
|1948||Give My Regards to Broadway||Fay Norwick|
|1948||June Bride||Paula Winthrop|
|1951||Close to My Heart||Mrs. Morrow|
|1953||President's Lady, TheThe President's Lady||Mrs. Donaldson|
|1961||Children's Hour, TheThe Children's Hour||Mrs. Amelia Tilford||Laurel Award for Top Female Supporting Performance (2nd place)
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|1952||Theatre Guild on the Air||The Search|
- "Fay Bainter". The Montreal Gazette. Apr 18, 1968. p. 35.
- Obituary Variety, April 24, 1968.
- Los Angeles Times, November 24, 1921, "Marriage Of Star Is Declared – Wedding of Fay Bainter and Navy Man Revealed by Mother of Actress", p. 17.
- Fay Okell Bainter at Find a Grave; LCDR Reginald Sidney Hugh Venable at Find a Grave
- Kirby, Walter (March 16, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved May 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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