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      Beatrice Straight

      Beatrice Straight

      Highest Rated: 91% Network (1976)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Two of a Kind (1983)

      Birthday: Aug 2, 1914

      Birthplace: Old Westbury, New York, USA

      A classically trained actress with extensive stage experience, Beatrice Straight made her mark on film late in her career, but did so with indelible performances that made the most of her keen intelligence and aristocratic manner. A member of the now legendary Group Theater from its inception, Straight won a Tony award for Best Actress in 1953 for her performance as Elizabeth Proctor in "The Crucible." She also worked frequently in television, beginning in the medium's early live broadcast era and appearing consistently in TV movies and series until the end of the 1980s. She had appeared in just four feature films before she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Louis Schumacher in Sydney Lumet's "Network" (1975). Straight held the record for the briefest performance to win an Oscar - a scant five minutes and 40 seconds of screen time. Regardless, in a dazzling display of acting prowess, Straight portrayed the full gamut of the devastated Schumacher's emotions in a single, intense scene in which her husband, (William Holden), confesses to an affair. The Oscar win brought Straight greater recognition, but also typecast the versatile actress for the first time in her career. From that point, she predominantly played severe matriarchal roles, such as the brittle Dr. Lesh in "Poltergeist" (1982). Having honed her craft in a long and celebrated stage career, Beatrice Straight established a remarkable screen presence as a character actress with finely drawn performances that were as powerful as they were rare.

      Highest rated movies

      91% Network
      88% Poltergeist
      86% Patterns
      85% The Nun's Story
      50% Power
      30% The Formula
      26% Endless Love
      17% Two of a Kind

      Photos

      PATTERNS, Van Heflin, Beatrice Straight, 1956 POLTERGEIST, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, JoBeth Williams, Richard Lawson, Beatrice Straight, 1982, (c)MGM TWO OF A KIND, Charles Durning, Beatrice Straight, Scatman Crothers, Castulo Guerra, 1983, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. ENDLESS LOVE, from left: Beatrice Straight, Martin Hewitt, 1981, © Universal POLTERGEIST, Martin Casella, Beatrice Straight, Richard Lawson, 1982. ©MGM TWO OF A KIND, Beatrice Straight, 1983, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE FORMULA, Beatrice Straight, 1980, (c) MGM PATTERNS, Beatrice Straight, Van Heflin, 1956 THE PROMISE, Stephen Collins, Beatrice Straight, 1979, (c) MCA/Universal Pictures BLOODLINE, (aka SIDNEY SHELDON'S BLOODLINE), Beatrice Straight, Audrey Hepburn, 1979, (c) Paramount Pictures.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      50% 44% Power Claire Hastings (Character) $3.1M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Siege Margaret Sloan (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet 13% Chiller Marion Creighton (Character) - 1985
      17% 37% Two of a Kind Ruth (Character) - 1983
      88% 79% Poltergeist Dr. Lesh (Character) $121.8M 1982
      26% 51% Endless Love Rose Axelrod (Character) - 1981
      30% 22% The Formula Kay Neeley (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 65% The Promise Marion Hillyard (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer on Board Beatrice Richmond (Character) - 1977
      91% 93% Network Louise Schumacher (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 45% The Borrowers Mrs. Crampfurl (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Lovers Mrs. Burns (Character) - 1964
      85% 81% The Nun's Story Mother Christophe (Sanatorium) (Character) - 1959
      86% 84% Patterns Nancy Staples (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silken Affair Theora (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Lear Goneril (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 49% Phone Call From a Stranger Claire Fortness (Character) - 1952

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Robert Kennedy and His Times Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King's Crossing Louisa Beauchamp (Character) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dain Curse Alice Dain Leggett (Character) 1978
      100% 79% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Victoria Cahill (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Elena De Amundo (Guest Star) 1961 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Edith Bauer (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Cynthia Fortnam (Character) 1959-1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Daisy Jackson (Character) 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1952 1954