Fay Okell Bainter (December 7, 1893 – April 16, 1968) was an American film and stage actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (1938) and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
MGM persuaded her to try films and her movie debut was in This Side of Heaven (February 1934), the same year she appeared in Dodsworth on Broadway and in the film It Happened One Day (July 1934). Bainter quickly achieved success, and in 1938 she became the first performer nominated in the same year for both the Academy Award for Best Actress for White Banners (1938) and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (1938), winning for the latter. Since then, only nine other actors have won dual nominations in the same year. In 1940, she played Mrs. Gibbs in the film production of the Thornton Wilder play Our Town. In 1945, she played Melissa Frake in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical State Fair. She was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Children's Hour (1961). In 1962, Fay appeared as a guest star on The Donna Reed Show. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
Fay Bainter and Reginald Venable married on June 8, 1921 in Riverside, California. The couple had one son, Reginald Venable Jr. (1926–1974), who became an actor. Bainter was the aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess. Reginald Venable was a United States Navy officer. The couple are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.
She was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Charles F. Bainter and Mary Okell. In 1910, she was a traveling stage actress. She made her first appearance on stage in 1908 in The County Chairman at Morosco's Theater in Burbank, California and her Broadway debut was in the role of Celine Marinter in The Rose of Panama (1912). She appeared in a number of successful plays in New York like East Is West, The Willow Tree, and Dodsworth. In 1926, she appeared with Walter Abel in a Broadway production of Channing Pollock's The Enemy.
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And the Oscar Goes To...
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Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
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Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
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The Children's Hour
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Adventures in Paradise
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The Donna Reed Show
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The President's Lady
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Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
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Close to My Heart
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Robert Montgomery Presents
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Lux Video Theatre
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Give My Regards to Broadway
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
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The Kid from Brooklyn
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Three Is a Family
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The Heavenly Body
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The Human Comedy
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Presenting Lily Mars
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Salute to the Marines
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Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
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Journey for Margaret
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Mister Gardenia Jones
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The War Against Mrs. Hadley
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Woman of the Year
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Babes on Broadway
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Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
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A Bill of Divorcement
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Young Tom Edison
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Yes, My Darling Daughter
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The Lady and the Mob
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The Arkansas Traveler
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Mother Carey's Chickens
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The Shining Hour
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Breakdowns of 1938
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The Soldier and the Lady
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Make Way for Tomorrow
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