Fast Facts

  • Modeled as a teenager, appearing in The Saturday Evening Post.
  • Her audition for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind resulted not in a part but in an eventual contract with Warner Bros.
  • Furthered the stereotype of the "fiery redhead" by becoming famous for playing strong women who triumphed over adversity in films such as With a Song in My Heart (1952), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1956) and I Want to Live (1958), the last of which earned her an Oscar.
  • Engaged in a contentious divorce and child-custody battle with first husband, actor Jess Barker. 
  • Died of a brain tumor.

Awards

  • 1958, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1949, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1947, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1952, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 1956, Cannes Film Festival — International Prize For Best Performance: Winner
  • 1957, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1953, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Timothy Barker — Son
  • Ellen Marrener — Mother
  • Jess Barker — Ex-husband
  • Eaton Chalkley — Husband (deceased)
  • Walter Marrener Jr. — Brother
  • Florence — Sister
  • Walter Marrener — Father
  • Gregory Barker — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Edythe Marrener
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Died: March 14, 1975
  • Profession: Actor

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