Fay Bainter

Fay Bainter

Show Count: 16
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: December 7, 1893
Old Time Radio, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: April 16, 1968, Los Angeles, California, USA
An American film and stage actress. 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 as Celine Marinter in The Rose of Panama (1912).

She appeared in a number of successful plays in New York like East is WestThe Willow Tree, and Dodsworth. In 1926 she appeared with Walter Abel in a Broadway production of Channing Pollock's The Enemy. In 1918, her portrait was painted by Robert Henri, the Ashcan School artist.


MGM persuaded her to try films and her movie debut was in This Side of Heaven (February 1934), the same year she appeared inDodsworth on Broadway and the film It Happened One Day (July 1934). Bainter quickly achieved success, and in 1938 she became the first performer nominated 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 a single year. She was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Children's Hour (1961). Finally, 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 Hollywood

Personal Life 

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.

As her husband, Reginald Venable, was a military officer, the couple are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: March 8, 1954
Added: Mar 29 2020
Broadcast: December 13, 1943
Added: Dec 03 2018
Broadcast: 17th February 1944
Added: Feb 25 2006
Broadcast: May 8, 1948
Added: May 10 2005
Broadcast: 14th February 1946
Starring: Fay Bainter
Added: Feb 22 2008
Broadcast: 14th February 1946
Starring: Fay Bainter
Added: Feb 03 2007
Broadcast: 7th December 1942
Added: Nov 11 2007
Broadcast: 13th November 1935
Starring: Fay Bainter
Added: Nov 13 2003