Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
Klaus Badelt to Christophe Beck
Anne Baxter Biography (1923-1985)
Born May 7, 1923, in Michigan City, IN; died of a stroke in New York City, December 12, 1985; daughter of Kenneth Stuart and Catherine (Wright) Baxter; married John Hodiak, 1946 (divorced, 1953); married Randolph Galt (divorced, 1967); married David Klee, 1977 (died, 1978); children: (first marriage) Katrina Vonditter; (second marriage) Melissa Galt, Maginel Galt.
Anne Baxter's grandfather was the noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
In All About Eve, the film for which she is best remembered, Baxter portrayedan aspiring actress who ingratiates herself with, and eventually supplants,an aging star (Bette Davis). Both Davis and Baxter received Academy Award nominations, but because Baxter insisted on being nominated for Best Actress instead of Best Supporting Actress, they split the votes in the former category,allowing Judy Holliday to win. Twenty years later, Baxter appeared on Broadway in Applause, the musical version of All About Eve, this time as the character Davis had originally played.
Between 1960 and 1963, Baxter abandoned her career to live with her second husband, Randolph Galt, on a ranch in the remote Australian outback. She described the experience in her book, Intermission: A True Story.
The December 18, 1985, edition of Variety published an obituary and noted, "Although she never gained superstardom, Baxter was a survivor and had the reputation of being a dedicated and reliable worker, living up to her favorite motto: 'See into life--just don't look at it.'"
- Birth Details
- May 7, 1923
- Michigan City, Indiana, United States
- Death Details
- December 12, 1985
- New York, New York, United States
- NEW YORK DEBUT--Seen But Not Heard, Henry Miller's Theatre, 1936.
- LONDON DEBUT--The Joshua Tree, 1958.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES
- There's Always a Breeze, on Broadway, 1938.
- Madame Capet, on Broadway, 1938.
- Susan and God, Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA, 1938.
- Spring Meeting, Cape Playhouse, 1939.
- The Square Root of Wonderful, on Broadway, 1957.
- Suite in Two Keys, on Broadway, 1958.
- Light Up the Sky, on Broadway, 1958.
- Margo, Applause, Palace Theatre, NY, 1971.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- John Brown's Body, National tour, 1953.
- FILM DEBUT--Twenty Mule Team, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1940.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- The Great Profile, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1940.
- Charley's Aunt, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1941.
- Swamp Water, 1941.
- The Magnificent Ambersons, RKO, 1942.
- The Pied Piper, 1942.
- Crash Dive, 1943.
- Five Graves to Cairo, 1943.
- Guest in the House, 1944.
- A Royal Scandal, 1944.
- The North Star, 1944.
- The Sullivans, 1944.
- The Eye of St. Mark, 1944.
- Sunday Dinner for a Soldier, 1944.
- Smokey, 1946.
- Angel on My Shoulder, 1946.
- Sophie, The Razor's Edge, 1946.
- Blaze of Noon, 1947.
- Homecoming, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948.
- The Walls of Jericho, 1948.
- The Luck of the Irish, 1948.
- Yellow Sky, 1948.
- You're My Everything, 1949.
- A Ticket to Tomahawk, 1950.
- Eve Harrington, All About Eve, 1950.
- Follow the Sun, 1951.
- The Outcasts of Poker Flat, 1952.
- My Wife's Best Friend, 1952.
- O. Henry's Full House, 1952.
- I Confess, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- Blue Gardenia, Warner Brothers, 1953.
- Carnival Story, 1954.
- Bedevilled, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955.
- One Desire, Universal, 1955.
- The Spoilers, Universal, 1955.
- The Come On, Allied Artists, 1956.
- Nefertiti, The Ten Commandments, Paramount, 1956.
- Three Violent People, Paramount, 1956.
- Chase a Crooked Shadow, Warner Brothers, 1957.
- Cimarron, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1960.
- Season of Passion, United Artists, 1961.
- Mix Me a Person, 1962.
- A Walk on the Wild Side, 1962.
- The Family Jewels, Paramount, 1965.
- Tall Women, Allied Artists, 1967.
- The Busy Body, Paramount, 1967.
- Fools Parade, Columbia, 1971.
- The Late Liz, 1971.
- Lapin 360, 1971.
- Jane Austen in Manhattan, Merchant Ivory, 1980.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Myra Sherwood, Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1969-70.
- Victoria Cabot, Hotel, ABC, 1983-85.
- Playhouse 90.
- CBS-Television Theatre.
- General Electric Theatre.
- The Name of the Game, 1969.
- Stranger on the Run, Universal Television, 1969.
- Companions in Nightmare, Universal Television.
- The Challengers, Universal Television.
- The Ritual of Evil, Universal Television.
- The Catcher, Universal Television.
- If Tomorrow Comes, Universal Television.
- Marcus Welby, M.D., Universal Television.
- Lisa, Bright and Dark, 1973.
- Nero Wolfe, 1977.
- Little Mo, 1978.
- MINI-SERIES The Moneychangers, 1978.
- East of Eden.
- Blake: A Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
- narrator, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, (documentary).
- narrator, The Thrill of Genius (Italian documentary on Alfred Hitchcock).
- Intermisson: A True Story, 1976.
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