Fay Bainter

Fay Bainter
20th Century Fox


Fay Bainter
Film: North side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Dec. 7, 1893 in Los Angeles, CA
Died April 16, 1968 in Hollywood Hills, CA

Fay Bainter — who made her acting debut at the age of 4 in a hospital benefit performance — won the Academy Award as best supporting actress of 1938 for her role in "Jezebel."

She first appeared on the Broadway stage in 1909. In 1912, she joined Daly's Theater in New York and played leading roles in such productions as "East Is West," "Dodsworth," "She Stoops to Conquer," "Jealousy," "Lysistrata" and "Dream Girl."

In 1936, Bainter made her first motion picture, "Quality Street," in which she shared starring honors with Katharine Hepburn.

She also appeared in such films as "Cry Havoc," "State Fair," "Woman of the Year," "Young Tom Edison," "The War Against Mrs. Hadley," "Bill of Divorcement," "Our Town," "The Human Comedy," "Journey for Margaret," "The President's Lady" and "The Children's Hour."

On television, Bainter made appearances on the "Dr. Kildare," Donna Reed, Bob Hope, "Thriller," "Studio One" and "Ford Theater" shows.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1938 Best Supporting Actress Jezebel Win
    1938 Best Actress White Banners Nomination
    1961 Best Supporting Actress The Children's Hour Nomination

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