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Anne Baxter, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Baxter in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

Anne Baxter: Best Supporting Actress 1946: MovieActors.com

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THE RAZOR'S EDGE (Drama)

Anne Baxter won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for playing the unlucky young mother who, after losing her husband and child in an automobile accident, becomes an alcoholic in THE RAZOR'S EDGE.
















About Anne Baxter (1923 – 1985)

Anne Baxter was born May 7, 1923, in Michigan City, Indiana.

The daughter of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Anne began dreaming of an acting career at the age of 13 when her family moved to New York City. After starring in a few small plays, Anne's love for theater prompted her to head west to Hollywood to try to start a career. But the young Baxter was turned down repeatedly due to her age. After returning home to NYC, Baxter continued building her resume via Broadway productions. Four years later, a "much older" Baxter made her way once again to Hollywood in hopes of a different outcome her second time around… and it was.

At only 17, Anne Baxter's screen test landed her a seven-year contract and her first film, "20 Mule Team" (1940), with MGM. In the same year, Anne would star in Fox's "The Great Profile" as Mary Maxwell. The following year she starred in "Swamp Water" (1941), but the less than spectacular film had the buzz about the young starlet slowly beginning to fade.

Determined to resurrect her name, Anne gave a stellar performance as Lucy Morgan, in 1942's "The Magnificent Ambersons" which prompted her to receive top billing for her following film, 1943's "The North Star".

Though popular with the public, her 1944's "Sunday Dinner for a Soldier" was weakly received by the critics. Nevertheless, it seems her decision to star in the film wasn't all together terrible when she latter married her co-star, John Hodiak, in 1947. After giving birth to her first child, Anne would soon divorce John in 1953, and go on to remarry twice more. Her second marriage resulted in two children. Her last marriage was to David Klee. They remained together until his death in 1978.

With her beauty and grace remaining constant, both on and off-screen, Baxter is described as "one of the women who shine[s] with special brilliance from midnight to five o'clock in the morning of the soul" (critic Andrew Sarisse).

In 1946, Anne did shine, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Sophie MacDonald in "The Razor's Edge". It wasn't until four years later that she would land another prolific role as Eve Harrington, in 1950’s "All About Eve". Though the performance garnered her an Oscar nomination, she was beaten out by Judy Holliday for her performance in "Born Yesterday".

Several years later Anne landed the role as Egyptian Queen Nefertiti in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments", starring opposite Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner.

Deciding to free-lance her talents thereafter, Baxter was seen less frequently on the silver screen, until 1959's "Summer of the Seventeenth Doll". She then starred in 1960's "Cimarron" , and 1962's "Walk on the Wild Side", before taking a four-year hiatus from the movie business.

Instead, those four years were spent dabbling in television and stage roles. Anne landed recurring roles in the television series: "East of Eden" and "Hotel". Her final project cast her as Irene Adler in "Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death", in 1984. Anne Baxter would die the next year on December 12, 1985 of a brain aneurysm.

Anne Baxter's notable movie credits include...

CHARLEY'S AUNT (1941)
THE PIED PIPER (1942)
CRASH DIVE (1943)
FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO (1943)
GUEST IN THE HOUSE (1944)
BLAZE OF NOON (1947)
THE WALLS OF JERICHO (1948)
FULL HOUSE (1952)
BEDEVILLED (1955)
THE SPOILERS (1955)
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)
CHASE A CROOKED SHADOW (1957)
A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (1962)
THE FAMILY JEWELS (1965)
THE TALL WOMEN (1966)
THE BUSY BODY (1967)
FOOLS' PARADE (1971)
THE LATE LIZ (1971)
LAPIN 360 (1972)
JANE AUSTEN IN MANHATTAN (1980)
CIMARRON (1960)

Anne Baxter's television credits include...

THE CHALLENGERS (1970)
MARCUS WELBY MD (pilot) (1969)
THE LATE LIZ (1971)
THE MONEYCHANGERS (1976)
EAST OF EDEN (1981)
HOTEL (series) (1983)
THE LOVE BOAT (TV Series) 1981-1985
SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MASK OF DEATH (TV MOVIE 1984)
EAST OF EDEN (TV Mini-Series)
JANE AUSTEN IN MANHATTEN (1980)
HAGEN (TV SERIES 1980)
NERO WOLFE (TV MOVIE 1970)
BATMAN (TV Series 1966-1967)
MY THREE SONS (TV Series 1966)
ZANE GREY THEATER (TV Series 1959)

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Anne Baxter in 
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
(1956).