Anne Baxter


Anne Baxter (May 7, 1923 – December 12, 1985) was an American actress, star of Hollywood films, Broadway productions, and television series. A granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, Baxter studied acting with Maria Ouspenskaya and had some stage experience before making her film debut in Richard Thorpe’s 20 Mule Team (1940), with Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Marjorie Rambeau, and Noah Beery Jr.

Other films in the early 1940s include Walter Lang’s The Great Profile (1940), with John Barrymore, Mary Beth Hughes, Gregory Ratoff, John Payne, and Lionel Atwill; Archie Mayo’s Charley’s Aunt (1941), with Jack Benny and Kay Francis; Jean Renoir’s Swamp Water (1941), with Walter Brennan, Walter Huston, and Dana Andrews; Irving Pichel’s The Pied Piper (1942), with Monty Woolley and Roddy McDowall; Orson Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), with Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, and Ray Collins; Crash Dive (1943), with Tyrone Power and Andrews; Billy Wilder’s Five Graves to Cairo (1943), with Franchot Tone, Akim Tamiroff, and Erich von Stroheim; Lewis Milestone’s The North Star (1943), with Andrews, Huston, Brennan and von Stroheim; The Eve of St. Mark (1944), with Harry Morgan and Vincent Price; Lloyd Bacon’s Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944), with John Hodiak; Guest in the House (1944), with Ralph Bellamy and Aline MacMahon; and the Ernst Lubitsch/Otto Preminger film A Royal Scandal (1945), with Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Coburn, and William Eythe.

Baxter won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Edmund Goulding’s The Razor’s Edge (1945), with Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Clifton Webb, Herbert Marshall, Lucile Watson, Frank Latimore, and Elsa Lanchester. Other films in the mid to late 1940s include Louis King’s Smoky (1946), with Fred MacMurray and Bruce Cabot; Angel on My Shoulder (1946), with Paul Muni and Claude Rains; John Farrow’s Blaze of Noon (1947), with William Holden, Sonny Tufts, William Bendix, Sterling Hayden, and Howard da Silva; Mervyn LeRoy’s Homecoming (1947), with Clark Gable and Lana Turner; John M. Stahl’s The Walls of Jericho (1948), with Cornel Wilde, Linda Darnell, Kirk Douglas, Ann Dvorak, Colleen Townsend, and Marjorie Rambeau: Henry Koster’s The Luck of the Irish (1948), with Power, Lee J. Cobb, Cecil Kellaway, and Jayne Meadows; William A. Wellman’s Yellow Sky (1948), with Gregory Peck and Richard Widmark; and Walter Lang’s You’re My Everything (1949), with Dan Dailey.

Baxter was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s All About Eve (1950), with Bette Davis, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, and Walter Hampden. Other films in the early 1950s include A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950), with Dailey, Rory Calhoun, Brennan, and Monroe; Sidney Lanfield’s Follow the Sun (1951), with Glenn Ford, Dennis O’Keefe, and June Havoc; Joseph M. Newman’s The Outcasts of Poker Flats (1952), with Dale Robertson, Miriam Hopkins, and Cameron Mitchell; My Wife’s Best Friend (1952), with Macdonald Carey and Catherine McLeod; Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess (1953), with Montgomery Clift, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, and O.E. Hasse; Fritz Lang’s The Blue Gardenia (1953), with Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, and Raymond Burr; and Kurt Neumann’s Carnival Story (1954), with Steve Cochran and Lyle Bettger.

Films in the mid to late 1950s include Mitchell Leisen’s Bedevilled (1955), with Steve Forrest; One Desire (1955), with Julie Adams, Rock Hudson, and Natalie Wood; The Spoilers (1955), with Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun; Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), with Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, and Cedric Hardwicke; Rudolph Maté’s Three Violent People (1957), with Heston, Gilbert Roland, Tom Tryon, Forrest Tucker, Bruce Bennett, and Elaine Stritch; Michael Anderson’s Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958), with Richard Todd and Herbert Lom; and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959), with Ernest Borgnine, Angela Lansbury, and John Mills.

Films in the 1960s include Anthony Mann’s Cimarron (1960), with Ford, Maria Schell, and Harry Morgan; Mix Me a Person (1962), with Donald Sinden, Adam Faith, Walter Brown, and Carole Ann Ford; Edward Dmytryk’s Walk on the Wild Side (1962), with Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, and Barbara Stanwyck; Seven Vengeful Women (1966), with Maria Perschy and Gustavo Rojo; and William Castle’s The Busy Body (1967), with Sid Caesar, Robert Ryan, Kay Medford, Jan Murray, Richard Pryor, and Dom DeLuise.

Later films Andrew McLaglen’s Fool’s Parade (1971), with James Stewart, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, Kurt Russell, William Windom, and Mike Kellin; The Late Liz (1971), with Forrest, James Gregory, Colleen Gray, and Jack Albertson; and James Ivory’s Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980), with Robert Powell, Michael Wager, Sean Young, Charles McCaughan, and Tim Choate.

TV movies and miniseries include Don Siegel’s Stranger on the Run (1967), with Henry Fonda, Michael Parks, and Sal Mineo; Companions in Nighttime (1968), with Gig Young, Melvyn Douglas, Patrick O’Neal, Leslie Nielsen, and Louis Gossett Jr.; The Challengers (1970), with Darren McGavin; Ritual of Evil (1970), with Louis Jourdan; If Tomorrow Comes (1971), with Patty Duke, Frank Michael Liu, James Whitmore, Pat Hingle, and Mako; The Catcher (1972), with Andrew Robinson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Anthony Franciosa, and Catherine Burns; Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973), with John Forsythe; The Moneychangers (1976), with Kirk Douglas, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Bottoms, and Susan Flannery; Little Mo (1978), with Michael Learned, Glynnis O’Connor, and Claude Akins; Nero Wolfe (1979), with Thayer David, Tom Mason, Brooke Adams, Biff McGuire, John Randolph; East of Eden (1981), with Karen Allen, Hart Bochner, Bottoms, Sam Bottoms, Bruce Boxleitner, Lloyd Bridges, Howard Duff, Warren Oates, Soon-Tek Oh, and Jane Seymour; and Sherlock Holmes and the Mask of Death (1984), with Peter Cushing, Mills, Ray Milland, Anton Diffring, Gordon Jackson, and Susan Penhaligon.

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  • 20 Mule Team (1940) – directed by Richard Thorpe
  • The Great Profile (1940) – directed by Walter Lang
  • Charley’s Aunt (1941) – directed by Archie Mayo
  • Swamp Water (1941) – directed by Jean Renoir
  • The Pied Piper (1942) – directed by Irving Pichel
  • The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) – directed by Orson Welles
  • Crash Dive (1943) – directed by Archie Mayo
  • Five Graves to Cairo (1943) – directed by Billy Wilder
  • The North Star (1943) – directed by Lewis Milestone
  • The Fighting Sullivans (1944) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • The Eve of St. Mark (1944) – directed by Lem Ward
  • Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • Guest in the House (1944) – directed by John Brahm
  • The Purple Heart (1944) – directed by Lewis Milestone – uncredited voice
  • A Royal Scandal (1945) – directed by Otto Preminger & Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited)
  • Smoky (1946) – directed by Louis King
  • Angel on My Shoulder (1946) – directed by Archie Mayo
  • The Razor’s Edge (1946) – directed by Edmund Goulding
  • Blaze of Noon (1947) – directed by John Farrow
  • Mother Wore Tights (1947) – directed by Walter Lang – uncredited narrator
  • Homecoming (1948) – directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Walls of Jericho (1948) – directed by John M. Stahl
  • The Luck of the Irish (1948) – directed by Henry Koster
  • Yellow Sky (1948) – directed by William A. Wellman
  • You’re My Everything (1949) – directed by Walter Lang
  • A Ticket to Tomahawk (1950) – directed by Richard Sale
  • All About Eve (1950) – directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Follow the Sun (1951) – directed by Sidney Lanfield
  • The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1952) – directed by Joseph M. Newman
  • O. Henry’s Full House (1952) – directed by Henry Koster, Henry Hathaway, Jean Negulesco, Howard Hawks, & Henry King – anthology
  • My Wife’s Best Friend (1952) – directed by Richard Sale
  • I Confess (1953) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Blue Gardenia (1953) – directed by Fritz Lang
  • Carnival Story (1954) – directed by Kurt Neumann
  • Bedevilled (1955) – directed by Mitchell Leisen
  • One Desire (1955) – directed by Jerry Hopper
  • The Spoilers (1955) – directed by Jesse Hibbs
  • The Come On (1955) – directed by Russell Birdwell
  • The Ten Commandments (1956) – directed by Cecil B. DeMille
  • Three Violent People (1957) – directed by Rudolph Maté
  • Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958) – directed by Michael Anderson
  • Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (1959) – directed by Leslie Norman
  • Cimarron (1960) – directed by Anthony Mann & Charles Waters (uncredited)
  • Mix Me a Person (1962) – directed by Leslie Norman
  • Walk on the Wild Side (1962) – directed by Edward Dmytryk
  • The Family Jewels (1965) – by Jerry Lewis – uncredited
  • Seven Vengeful Women (1966) – directed by Gianfranco Parolini, Sidney W. Pink, & Rudolf Zehetgruber
  • The Busy Body (1967) – directed by William Castle
  • Stranger on the Run (1967) – directed by Don Siegel – TV movie
  • Companions in Nightmare (1968) – directed by Norman Lloyd – TV movie
  • The Challengers (1970) – directed by Leslie H. Martinson – TV movie
  • Ritual of Evil (1970) – directed by Robert Day / TV movie
  • Fools’ Parade (1971) – directed by Andrew McLaglen
  • The Late Liz (1971) – directed by Dick Ross
  • If Tomorrow Comes (1971) – directed by George McCowan – TV movie
  • The Catcher (1972) – directed by Allen H. Miner – TV movie
  • Lapin 360 (1972) – directed by Robert Michael Lewis
  • Lisa, Bright and Dark (1973) – directed by Jeannot Szwarc – TV movie
  • The Moneychangers (1976) – directed by Boris Sagal – miniseries
  • Little Mo (1978) – directed by Daniel Haller – TV movie
  • Nero Wolfe (1979) – directed by Frank D. Gilroy – TV movie
  • Jane Austen in Manhattan (1980) – directed by James Ivory
  • East of Eden (1981) – directed by Harvey Hart – miniseries
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) – directed by Roy Ward Baker – TV movie