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Fay Okell Bainter (December 7, 1893 – April 16, 1968) was an American film and stage actress.[2] She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (1938) and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 Radio appearances 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit]

Portrait of Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
by Robert Henri
Robert Henri

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 of 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. Career[edit] 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
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
Thornton Wilder
play Our Town. In 1945 she played Melissa Frake in the Rodgers and Hammerstein
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. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Personal life[edit] Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
and Reginald Venable married on June 8, 1921, in Riverside, California.[3] The couple had one son, Reginald Venable Jr. (1926–1974), who became an actor. Bainter was the aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess. As her husband, Reginald Venable, was a United States Navy Officer, the couple are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.[4] Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

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

1940 Maryland Charlotte Danfield

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

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1952 Theatre
Guild on the Air "The Search"[5]

See also[edit]

List of actors with Academy Award nominations List of actors with Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
motion picture stars


^ "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
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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(1936) Alice Brady
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(1937) Fay Bainter
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(1938) Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel
(1939) Jane Darwell
Jane Darwell
(1940) Mary Astor
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(1941) Teresa Wright
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(1942) Katina Paxinou
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(1943) Ethel Barrymore
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(1944) Anne Revere
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(1945) Anne Baxter
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(1946) Celeste Holm
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(1947) Claire Trevor
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(1948) Mercedes McCambridge
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(1949) Josephine Hull (1950)


Kim Hunter
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(1951) Gloria Grahame
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(1952) Donna Reed
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(1953) Eva Marie Saint
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(1954) Jo Van Fleet
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(1955) Dorothy Malone
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(1956) Miyoshi Umeki
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(1957) Wendy Hiller
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(1958) Shelley Winters
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(1959) Shirley Jones
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(1960) Rita Moreno
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(1961) Patty Duke
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(1962) Margaret Rutherford
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(1963) Lila Kedrova
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(1964) Shelley Winters
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(1965) Sandy Dennis (1966) Estelle Parsons
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(1967) Ruth Gordon
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(1968) Goldie Hawn
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(1969) Helen Hayes
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(1970) Cloris Leachman
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(1971) Eileen Heckart (1972) Tatum O'Neal
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(1973) Ingrid Bergman
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(1974) Lee Grant
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(1977) Maggie Smith
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(1978) Meryl Streep
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(1979) Mary Steenburgen
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(1980) Maureen Stapleton
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(1981) Jessica Lange
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(1982) Linda Hunt
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(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
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(1984) Anjelica Huston
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(1985) Dianne Wiest
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(1986) Olympia Dukakis
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(1987) Geena Davis
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(1988) Brenda Fricker
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(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
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(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
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(1991) Marisa Tomei
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(1992) Anna Paquin
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(1993) Dianne Wiest
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(1994) Mira Sorvino
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(1995) Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche
(1996) Kim Basinger
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(1997) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1998) Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
(1999) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden


Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Catherine Zeta-Jones
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(2002) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2003) Cate Blanchett
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(2004) Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
(2005) Jennifer Hudson
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(2006) Tilda Swinton
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(2007) Penélope Cruz
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(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Melissa Leo
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(2010) Octavia Spencer
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(2011) Anne Hathaway
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(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
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(2013) Patricia Arquette
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(2014) Alicia Vikander
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(2015) Viola Davis
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(2016) Allison Janney
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