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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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Known For

Jezebel Aunt Belle Massey
(1938)
The Children's Hour Mrs. Amelia Tilford
(1961)
State Fair Melissa Frake
(1945)
Our Town Mrs. Gibbs
(1940)

Filmography

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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
 1961 The Children's Hour
Mrs. Amelia Tilford
 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)
Ruth
- The Book of Ruth (1956) ... Ruth
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Sears
- The Sears Girl (1956) ... Mrs. Sears
 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
- A Child Is Born (1952) ... Innkeeper's Wife
- Ile (1952) ... Annie Keeney
- A Child Is Born (1951) ... Innkeeper's Wife
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Grandmother
- 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)
Narrator
- Invitation (1953) ... Narrator
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Natalie MacLaird
- Career (1953) ... Natalie MacLaird
 1951-1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Jenny
- Jenny (1953) ... Jenny
 1951 Close to My Heart
Mrs. Morrow
 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
- Night Must Fall (1948) ... Olivia Grayne
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 June Bride
Paula Winthrop
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Fay Norwick
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Mrs. Eunice Mitty
 1947 Deep Valley
Ellie Saul
 1946 The Virginian
Mrs. Taylor
 1946 The Kid from Brooklyn
Mrs. E. Winthrop LeMoyne
 1945 State Fair
Melissa Frake
 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
 1943 The Human Comedy
Mrs. Macauley
 1942 Journey for Margaret
Trudy Strauss
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Mrs. Elvira Wiggs
 1942 The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Stella Hadley
 1942 Mister Gardenia Jones (Documentary short)
Emmy Jones
 1942 Woman of the Year
Ellen Whitcomb
 1941 Babes on Broadway
Miss Jones
 1940 Maryland
Charlotte Danfield
 1940 A Bill of Divorcement
Margaret 'Meg' Fairfield
 1940 Our Town
Mrs. Gibbs
 1940 Young Tom Edison
Mrs. Samuel 'Nancy' Edison
 1939 Our Neighbors - The Carters
Ellen Carter
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Nancy 'Nan' Masters
 1939 The Lady and the Mob
Hattie Leonard
 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
Hannah
 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
Anita Cooper
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady
Strogoff's Mother
 1937 Quality Street
Susan Throssel
 1934 This Side of Heaven
Francene Turner
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in Lillian Hellman's play, "The Children's Hour," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Patricia Neal and Florence McGee (Mary Tilford) in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on wearing a black wig for her role as Ming Toy in the stage production of East is West] A disappointed blonde am I. And the dye runs and is ruining my hair. See more »

Trivia:

Her husband Reginald Sydney Hugh Venable (1890-1964) was a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. See more »

Trademark:

Her warm, slightly smoky voice

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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