Oscar: Supporting Actress–Bainter Fay, Jezebel

Fay Bainter was the third winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Fay Okell Bainter, born on December 7, 1893, was the aunt of actress Dorothy Burgess and sister-in-law to actress Grace Burgess.

She made her debut in This Side of Heaven (1934), the same year she appeared in Dodsworth on Broadway, later made into a successful film by Walter Huston (John Huston’s father).

In 1937, Bainter became the first performer nominated for both the Oscar for Best Actress, for White Banners (1937), and the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Jezebel (1938), winning for the latter.

Since then, about a dozen actors have won dual nominations in a single year, including Jessica Lange.

Bainter was again nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Children’s Hour (1961), based on Lillian Hellman’s play.

She died on April 16, 1968.