Thursday, September 2, 2010

"If nothing else, there's waves of love pouring over the footlights."

Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana in 1923. Her maternal grandfather was Frank Lloyd Wright, famous and still revered architect. At the age of 11, her family moved to New York City and encouraged her to seek the spotlight of acting. She was acting on Broadway and other stage productions from the age of 13 until 16. It was then that Anne decided to give Hollywood another shot at hiring her. She signed  seven-year contract with Twentieth Century-Fox but made her first film with MGM. She was loaned to the other studio to make 20 Mule Team. The first film in which Anne made top billing was 1943's The North Star. It was a success.

In 1946, Anne had an Oscar-winning turn in The Razor's Edge, followed by two financial failures and then another Oscar-nominated role in 1950's All About Eve. In 1956 Anne starred alongside Yul Brenner and Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments. Anne would make a few more films and also appear on television and stage before her death from a brain aneurysm in 1985.


  1. What is the quantitative distinction between "a few" and "several"? Baxter appeared in at least nine films after "The Ten Commandments". She also did guest appearances on "Batman", which must have been galling to an Oscar winner, as well as being a nominee for Best Actress.

    Where did you find that sizzling picture of a very young Baxter? I thought "The Ten Commandments" was her only go at a real sexpot image. That peignoir pic must have skirted very near the edge of what was allowable in the 1940s.

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