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  • Fay Bainter

    Born on December 7, 1891 in Los Angeles, California

awards & nominations

The Children's Hour (1961)

Fay Bainter as "Mrs. Amelia Tilford"

Longtime friends Martha (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen (Audrey Hepburn) run a boarding school for girls. When an unruly child, Mary (Karen Balkin), is punished for lying, she concocts a story that Karen and Martha are having a lesbian relationship. When the story spreads, parents withdraw their children from the school. The women's lawsuit for libel hits many snags when they lack witnesses to speak for them. All the stress adversely affects Karen's engagement to Joe Cardin (James Garner).

Academy Award (1961) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1961) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Jezebel (1938)

Fay Bainter as "Aunt Belle"

In one of her most renowned roles, Bette Davis portrays Julie Marsden, a spoiled Southern belle who risks losing her suitor with her impetuous behavior. Engaged to successful banker Preston Dillard (Henry Fonda), Julie pushes him away with her arrogant and contrary ways, leading to a scandalous scene at a major social event and his subsequent departure. When Preston eventually returns and Julie attempts to win him back, she discovers that it may be too late.

Academy Award (1938) Won Best Supporting Actress

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