Anne Baxter

Happy birthday to actress Anne Baxter, born May 7, 1923 in Michigan City, IN.  Baxter is the granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  AnneBaxterWhen she was 6, her family moved to New York, where she took an interest in acting.  Baxter first appeared on Broadway at age 13 and studied acting with Maria Ouspenskaya before heading to Hollywood in the late 1930s.  She eventually signed with 20th Century Fox and went on to appear in 40 films during the 1940s and 50s, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) with Joseph Cotten, Angel on my Shoulder (1946) with Paul Muni, The Razor’s Edge (1946) with Tyrone Power, All About Eve (1950) with Bette Davis, and The Ten Commandments (1956) with Charlton Heston.  Baxter won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Razor’s Edge and received a Best Actress nomination for All About Eve.  During this period she appeared in a handful of classic noir films: Guest in the House (1944) with Ralph Bellamy, I Confess (1953) with Montgomery Clift, The Blue Gardenia (1946) with Richard Conte and Ann Sothern, and The Come On (1956) with Sterling Hayden.  Baxter also appeared on television throughout the 1950s, and by the mid-1960s her career had transitioned to television almost exclusively.  She played two villains on Batman (1966-68), Zelda the Great and Olga, Queen of the Cossacks, and made appearances on many shows throughout the 1960s and 70s.  She also returned to Broadway in Applause, a musical version of All About Eve, but this time playing the Bette Davis part.  In 1983, Baxter replaced Bette Davis as the star of the television series Hotel, after Davis was forced to quit due to illness.  Baxter was married three times.  Her first husband was actor John Hodiak, who also starred in several noir films himself.  They were married from 1946-1953.  Baxter died of a brain aneurysm in 1985 at age 62.

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