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Cause of death  pneumonia
Role  Film actress
Name  Fay Bainter

Years active  1910–1961
Occupation  Actress, Singer
Children  Richard Venable
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Full Name  Fay Okell Bainter
Born  December 7, 1893 (1893-12-07) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place  Arlington National Cemetery
Died  April 16, 1968, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Reginald Sidney Hugh Venable (m. 1921–1964)
Parents  Mary Okell, Charles F. Bainter
Movies  Jezebel, The Children's Hour, White Banners, Woman of the Year, Make Way for Tomorrow
Similar People  William Wyler, Norman Z McLeod, Norman Taurog, Leo McCarey, Edmund Goulding

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

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Early life

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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

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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.

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She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

Personal life

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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.

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As her husband, Reginald Venable, was a United States Navy Officer, the couple are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

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