Anne Baxter Biography

Anne Baxter was an American actress whose acting career spanned almost five decades. This biography of Anne Baxter provides detailed information about her childhood, life, acting career, achievements and timeline.

Anne Baxter
Quick Facts

Birthday: May 7, 1923

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses Theater Personalities

Died At Age: 62

Sun Sign: Taurus

Born in: Michigan City

Famous as: Actress

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: David Klee (m. 1977–1977), John Hodiak (m. 1946–1953), Randolph Galt (m. 1960–1969)

father: Kenneth Stuart Baxter

mother: Catherine Baxter

children: Katrina Hodiak, Maginal Galt, Melissa Galt

Died on: December 12, 1985

place of death: New York City

U.S. State: Michigan

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Anne Baxter was an American actress whose acting career spanned almost five decades in which she acted on the stage, the big screen and television. Instead of forcing her for higher studies, Anne’s family allowed her to pursue her passion for acting. She was under contract with ‘20th Century Fox’ for the longest time of her acting career but was never given importance by the company as there were other great actresses in the studio payroll like Linda Darnell, Gene Tierney and Jeanne Crain. Even though she was an exceptional actress she was used by ‘Fox’ in the game of ‘give-and-take’ with other studios. Her versatility allowed her to handle different kinds of roles very easily under different kinds of circumstances which made it easier for ‘Fox’ to loan her to other studios like ‘Paramount’, Universal’ and others to make successful films. Even though she was acclaimed to be one of the acting greats, her stint with ‘20th Century Fox’ was sometimes not very happy. Her whole acting career went through many downward slides but she was fortunate enough to come out with flying colors at the end.

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Anne Baxter
Childhood & Early Life
  • Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana on May 7, 1923 to a sales manager, Kenneth Stuart Baxter and his wife Catherine Dorothy Wright, daughter of the famous architect Frank Llyod Wright.
  • She attended the ‘Brearley School’ after her family moved to New York from Michigan when Anne was eleven.
  • She made her stage debut at the tender age of thirteen with the murder mystery ‘Seen But Not Heard’ in 1936.
  • She followed it up with ‘There’s Always a Breeze’ and ‘Madame Capet’ on Broadway in 1938.
  • During the summer of 1938 and 1939 she also appeared in various plays at the ‘Cape Playhouse’ in Dennis, Massachusetts.
  • After being rejected for the play ‘The Philadelphia Story’ she went to Hollywood to give a test for Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Rebecca’ but was rejected again as she looked too young opposite Laurence Olivier.
  • Anne was signed up by ‘20th Century Fox’ for a seven year contract in February, 1940.
  • In 1949 she was loaned to another studio for a small role in a minor western ‘20 Mule Team’ and in ‘The Great Profile’.
  • In 1941 she graduated from the ‘University High School’ in Los Angeles and acted in Jack Benny’s version of Charley’s Aunt’.
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Career
  • Anne Baxter got her first decent role in ‘Swamp Water’ directed by Jean Renoir.
  • Her next roles were in ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ directed by Orson Welles, ‘Pied Piper’ in 1942 and the Technicolor film ‘Crash Drive’ in 1943.
  • In 1943 she was loaned to ‘Paramount’ to act in Billy Wilder’s ‘Five Graves to Cairo’. In the same year producer Samuel Goldwyn took her on loan for ‘North Star’.
  • She appeared in ‘The Sullivans’ in 1944. The same year she also appeared in ‘The Eve of St. Mark’. She next appeared in ‘Sunday Dinner for a Soldier’. She starred in another film in 1944, ‘Guest in the House’, this time for ‘United Artists’.
  • In 1945 she got a very small role in ‘A Royal Scandal’.
  • In 1946 she acted in the Technicolor film ‘Smoky’ and followed it up with ‘Angel on My Shoulder’, again for ‘United Artists’
  • Her next film ‘Razor’s Edge’ was directed by Edmund Goulding.
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  • She did her next film ‘Blaze of Noon’ in 1947 for ‘Paramount’.
  • Anne appeared with her husband John Hodiak in ‘Homecoming’ in 1948. In 1948 she acted in the popular film ‘The Wells of Jericho’ and ‘Luck of the Irish’.
  • She appeared in the musical ‘You’re My Everything’ and then in ‘A Ticket to Tomahawk’ in 1950.
  • Her next appearance was in ‘All About Eve’ in 1950 for which she received an Oscar nomination.
  • She acted in ‘Follow The Sun’ in 1951.
  • Her last year with ‘Fox’ was 1952 during which she acted in the films ‘Outcasts of Poker’, ‘My Wife’s Best Friend’ and ‘The Last Leaf’.
  • After leaving ‘Fox’ she signed a two-year contract with ‘Warner Bros’ and got a role in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘I Confess’ in 1953 and then in ‘The Blue Gardenia’.
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  • She did the low-budget ‘Carnival Story’ in 1954, ‘Bedevilled’ for MGM, ‘One Desire’ for ‘Universal’, ‘The Spoilers’ in 1955 and finally another low-budget film ‘The Come-On’ in 1956.
  • In 1956 she appeared in ‘The Ten Commandments’.
  • In 1957 she appeared in ‘The three Violent People’ and appeared on Broadway in ‘The Square Root of Wonderful’.
  • She opted for a role in Douglas Fairbank’s ‘Chase a Crooked Shadow’ made in England. While in England she acted in the play ‘The Joshua Tree’ for three months.
  • After coming back to the United States she worked for the television films ‘Cimarron’, ‘Mix Me a Person’ and ‘Season of Passion’ in 1961.
  • She did not make any films for the next three years after acting in ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ in 1962.
  • She did a cameo in ‘Family Jewels’ in 1965, acted in a spaghetti Western ‘Tall Women’ and in ‘The Busy Body’ in 1967.
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  • During the 1960s and 1970s she appeared as a guest artist in TV shows ‘Batman’, ‘The FBI, ‘Ironside’, ‘The Big Valley’, ‘The Name of the Game’, ‘Marcus Welby, MD’, ‘Cannon’ ‘Bancek’, ‘The Love Boat’, ‘Mannix’ and others.
  • During the 1970s she appeared in the Broadway production ‘Applause’. She continued acting with the play ‘Fool’s Paradise’ in 1971, TV movie ‘Little Mo’, the mini-series ‘East of Eden’ 1981 and ‘Hotel’ in 1983. Her last appearance was in ‘The Masks of Death’ in 1984.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Anne Baxter won the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar and the ‘Golden Globe Award’ in 1947 for ‘Razor’s Edge’.
  • In 1951 she was nominated for an ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’ for ‘All About Eve’.
  • She was honored with a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ on February 8, 1960.
  • In 1969 she won a ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ nomination for ‘Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role’ for the film ‘The Name of the Game’.
  • She was made honorary mayor of the ‘Universal City’ in 1970.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • She married actor John Hodiak on July 7, 1946 and divorced him on January 27, 1953. She had a daughter, Katrina from this marriage.
  • She married Beverly Randolph Galt, an Air Force pilot, on February 18, 1960, and divorced him in 1968. She had two daughters, Melissa and Maginal from this marriage.
  • Her third marriage was with a stockbroker named David Gutman Klee on January 30, 1977 who he died suddenly nine months later.
  • Anne Baxter died of a brain aneurysm on December 12, 1985 in New York City while walking down Madison Avenue.
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Trivia
  • Anne Baxter was under-rated by ‘20th Century Fox’ in spite of winning the Oscar.
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1. All About Eve (1950)

  (Drama)

2. The Ten Commandments (1956)

  (Drama, Adventure)


3. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

  (Drama, Romance)

4. The Sullivans (1944)

  (War, Biography, Drama, History)



5. The Razor's Edge (1946)

  (Drama, Romance)

6. Yellow Sky (1948)

  (Western, Crime)




7. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

  (War, Thriller)

8. I Confess (1953)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime)





Awards

Academy Awards(Oscars)
1947 Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Razor's Edge (1946)
Golden Globe Awards
1947 Best Supporting Actress The Razor's Edge (1946)

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- October 23, 2017

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