Fast Facts

  • Maternal granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (narrated the 1983 documentary Portrait of an Artist: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright).
  • Began studying with noted drama teacher Maria Ouspenskaya at age 11; made Broadway debut two years later.
  • Breakout film role was in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942).
  • Met first husband John Hodiak while both were filming the 1944 drama Sunday Dinner for a Soldier.
  • Was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for All About Eve, as was Eve costar Bette Davis; both lost to Judy Holliday (for Born Yesterday). 
  • As Nefretiri in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1986), uttered the camp-classic line: "Oh Moses, you stubborn, splendid, adorable fool."
  • Returned to Broadway in 1971 in Applause, the musical adaptation of All About Eve, as Margo Channing, Bette Davis' role in the movie.
  • Notable TV roles include Robert Young's love interest in the 1969-70 season of Marcus Welby, M.D.; and the proprietor in Aaron Spelling's Hotel (1983-88) (replacing Davis, who appeared in the pilot).


  • 1946, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1950, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1947, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1969, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee


  • David Klee — Husband (deceased)
  • Catherine White — Mother
  • Randolph Galt — Ex-husband
  • Frank Lloyd Wright — Grandfather
  • Kenneth Stuart Baxter — Father
  • John Hodiak — Ex-husband
  • Richard Tobin Baxter — Brother
  • Melissa Galt — Daughter
  • Maginel Galt — Daughter
  • James Stewart Baxter — Brother
  • Katrina Hodiak — Daughter

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  • Birth Place: Michigan City, IN
  • Birthday: May 7, 1923, Taurus
  • Died: December 12, 1985
  • Profession: Actor

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