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Fay Bainter (1893–1968)

Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures. She continued in stock and, after forming an ... See full bio »

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Our Town Mrs. Gibbs


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 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Mary Caulfield
- Power of Attorney (1965) ... Mary Caulfield
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Benet
- Out on the Outskirts of Town (1964) ... Mrs. Benet
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Sister Mike
- Sister Mike (1963) ... Sister Mike
 1962 The Donna Reed Show (TV Series)
Dr. Harriet Robey
- The Baby Buggy (1962) ... Dr. Harriet Robey
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Geraldine Redfern
- Girl with a Secret (1960) ... Geraldine Redfern
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Sister Josephine
- Prisoner in Paradise (1960) ... Sister Josephine
 1953-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mrs. Morgan
- The Dark Corner (1957) ... Mrs. Morgan
- Black Rain (1953)
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Book of Ruth (1956) ... Ruth
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- The Sears Girl (1956)
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Emily Grundy
- Teacher's Pet (1955) ... Emily Grundy
 1953-1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Runaway (1954)
- The Piano Tuner (1954)
- Pilgrimage (1953)
 1952-1955 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Bella Fleace
- Bella Fleace Gave a Party (1955) ... Bella Fleace
- O Evening Star (1952)
 1950-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Innkeeper's Wife / Mrs. Hughes / Mrs. Grier / ...
- My Name Is Julia Ross (1955) ... Mrs. Hughes
- Shall Not Perish (1954) ... Mrs. Grier
- Ile (1952) ... Annie Keeney
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
- Family Crisis (1954) ... Grandmother
 1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Allison / Mrs. Menckin
- The Unlocked Door (1954) ... Mrs. Allison
- The Happiest Day (1954) ... Mrs. Menckin
 1954 The Story of Ruth (TV Movie)
 1953 The President's Lady
Mrs. Donelson
 1953 Eye Witness (TV Series)
- Invitation (1953) ... Narrator
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Natalie MacLaird
- Career (1953) ... Natalie MacLaird
 1951-1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Jenny (1953) ... Jenny
 1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Sarah Yorke Jackson
- Portrait of a President (1951) ... Sarah Yorke Jackson
 1950 Danger (TV Series)
- The Liquor Glass (1950)
 1948-1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Rose / Olivia Grayne
- Kind Lady (1949) ... Rose
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 June Bride
Paula Winthrop
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Fay Norwick
 1947 Deep Valley
Ellie Saul
 1944 Three Is a Family
Frances Whittaker
 1944 Dark Waters
Aunt Emily
 1944 The Heavenly Body
Margaret Sibyll
 1943 Cry 'Havoc'
Capt. Marsh
 1943 Salute to the Marines
Jennie Bailey
 1943 Presenting Lily Mars
Mrs. Thornway
 1942 Journey for Margaret
Trudy Strauss
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Stella Hadley
 1942 Mister Gardenia Jones (Documentary short)
Emmy Jones
 1942 Woman of the Year
Ellen Whitcomb
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Mrs. Samuel 'Nancy' Edison
 1939 Our Neighbors - The Carters
Ellen Carter
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Nancy 'Nan' Masters
 1939 Yes, My Darling Daughter
Ann Murray
 1938 The Shining Hour
Hannah Linden
 1938 The Arkansas Traveler
Mrs. Martha Allen
 1938 Mother Carey's Chickens
Mrs. Margaret Carey
 1938 Jezebel
Aunt Belle Massey
 1938 White Banners
 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
Anita Cooper
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady
Strogoff's Mother
 1934 This Side of Heaven
Francene Turner
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Stage Play: The Enemy. Written by Channing Pollock. Directed by Robert Milton. Times Square Theatre: 20 Oct 1925- Apr 1926 (closing date unknown/203 performances). Cast: Walter Abel (as "Carl Behrend"), Fay Bainter (as "Pauli Arndt"), Charles Dalton, Donald Hughes, Olive May, Jane Seymour, Harold Vermilyea (as "Jan"), Lyonel Watts (as "... See more »

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[on her early stage work with Minnie Maddern Fiske] I was only a raw girl, with no better sense than to ape Mrs. Fiske in everything she did. See more »


Following her death, she was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Her husband was a military officer who was buried there. See more »


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