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Anne Baxter

Birthplace: Michigan City, LaPorte County, IN, United States
Death: December 12, 1985 (62)
New York, NY, United States (Stroke)
Place of Burial: Unity Chapel Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa County, Wisconsin, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Kenneth Stuart Baxter and Catherine Dorothy Baxter
Wife of Private and David G Klee
Ex-wife of John Hadiak Hodiak and Beverly Randolph Galt
Mother of Katrina Hodiak; Melissa Galt and Maginel Galt
Sister of James Stewart Baxter; Richard Tobin Baxter; Carrie J Baxter and Private

Occupation: Actress, Los angeles. California
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Anne Baxter

Anne Baxter was an American actress known for her performances in films such as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), All About Eve (1950), The Razor's Edge (1946) and The Ten Commandments (1956).

Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana to Kenneth Stuart Baxter and Catherine Wright; her maternal grandfather was the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Baxter's father was a prominent executive with the Seagrams Distillery Co. and she was raised in New York City in a well-to-do home, and attended the prestigious Brearley School. At age 10, Baxter attended a Broadway play starring Helen Hayes, and was so impressed that she declared to her family that she wanted to become an actress. By the age of 13, she had appeared on Broadway. During this period, Baxter learned her acting craft as a student of the famed teacher Maria Ouspenskaya.

At 16 Baxter screen-tested for the role of Mrs. DeWinter in Rebecca, losing out to Joan Fontaine because director Alfred Hitchcock considered her "too young" for the role, but the strength of that first foray into movie acting secured her a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. Her first movie role was in 20 Mule Team in 1940. She was chosen by director Orson Welles to appear in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), based on the novel by Booth Tarkington. Baxter co-starred with Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney in 1946's The Razor's Edge, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1950, she was chosen to co-star in All About Eve, largely because of a resemblance to Claudette Colbert, who had initially been chosen to co-star in the film; the original idea being to have her character gradually come to visually mirror Colbert's over the course of the film. Baxter received a nomination for Best Actress for the title role of Eve Harrington. Later during that decade, Baxter also continued to act in professional theater. According to a program from the production, Baxter appeared on Broadway in 1953 opposite Tyrone Power in Charles Laughton's John Brown's Body, a play based upon the narrative poem by Stephen Vincent Benét (though the Internet Broadway Database states that Power's co-star was Judith Anderson). In 1953 she appeared opposite Montgomery Clift in Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess.

Baxter is also remembered for her role as the Egyptian princess Nefertiri opposite Charlton Heston's portrayal of Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's award winning The Ten Commandments (1956).

Baxter appeared regularly on television in the 1960s. For example, she did a stint as one of the What's My Line? "Mystery Guests" on the popular Sunday night CBS-TV quiz program. She also starred as guest villain "Zelda the Great" in two episodes of the superhero show Batman. She appeared as another villain, "Olga, Queen of the Cossacks," opposite Vincent Price's "Egghead" in three episodes of the show's third season. She also played an old flame of Raymond Burr on his crime series Ironside.

Baxter returned to Broadway during the 1970s in Applause, the musical version of All About Eve, but this time in the "Margo Channing" role played by Bette Davis in the film. (She was replacing Lauren Bacall, who won a Tony Award in the role.)

In the 1970s, Baxter was a frequent guest and stand-in host on the popular daytime TV talk-fest The Mike Douglas Show, since Baxter and host Mike Douglas were friends. She portrayed a homicidal movie star on an episode of Columbo called "Requiem for a Fallen Star."

In 1983, Baxter starred in the television series Hotel, replacing Bette Davis in the cast after Davis was taken ill.

Baxter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6741 Hollywood Blvd.

In 1946, Baxter married actor John Hodiak. They had a daughter, Katrina, born 1951, and divorced in 1953.

In 1960, Baxter married her second husband, Randolph Galt. They left Hollywood to briefly live on a cattle station in the Australian outback before moving to New Mexico and Hawaii before settling back in Brentwood, California. She told the story in her memoir Intermission: A True Story. In the book, Baxter blamed the failure of her first marriage to Hodiak on herself. Baxter and Galt had two daughters – Melissa, an interior designer, and Maginel, a Roman Catholic nun in Rome.

Baxter married again in 1977 to David Klee, a prominent stockbroker. It was a brief marriage; Klee died unexpectedly from illness and Baxter never remarried. The newlywed couple had purchased a sprawling property in Easton, Connecticut which they extensively remodeled, but Klee did not live to see the renovations completed. The house was architecturally reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Prairie School Architecture designs. The living-room fireplace was remodeled to resemble the one in her grandfather's masterpiece, Fallingwater and the vaulted ceilings were lowered to embrace Wright's essential design protocol against soaring ceilings in residential architecture. Although Baxter maintained a residence in West Hollywood, California, she considered her beloved Connecticut home to be her primary residence. Baxter was an active benefactor of The Connecticut Early Music Society.

She was a lifelong friend of the late costume designer Edith Head, whom she first met on the set of The Ten Commandments and who also appeared in a cameo role with Baxter in the Columbo episode in which Baxter starred. Upon Head's death in 1981, Baxter's daughter, Melissa, who was also a goddaughter of Head, was bequeathed her extraordinary collection of jewelry.

  • Residence: 1930 - White Plains, Westchester, New York, USA
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Anne Baxter's Timeline

May 7, 1923
Michigan City, LaPorte County, IN, United States
July 9, 1951
Los Angeles, CA, United States
October 4, 1961
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
March 11, 1963
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
December 12, 1985
Age 62
New York, NY, United States