Beatrice Straight

Actor, Acting teacher
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/02/1914 in Old Westbury, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Deceived 1991 (Movie)

Adrienne's Mother (Actor)

People Like Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Pax et Bonum Are Met: Assisi, City of Peace 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Narrator

Power 1986 (Movie)

Claire Hastings (Actor)

Under Siege 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Two of A Kind 1983 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

Dr Lesch (Actor)

Endless Love 1981 (Movie)

Rose Axelrod (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodline 1979 (Movie)

Kate Erling (Actor)

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

Kay Neely (Actor)

The Promise 1979 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979 (Tv Show)

Actor

The World of Darkness 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Beacon Hill 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Network 1976 (Movie)

Louise Schumacher (Actor)

The Borrowers 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Lovers 1963 (Movie)

Mrs Burns (Actor)

The Nun's Story 1958 (Movie)

Mother Christophe (Actor)

The Silken Affair 1957 (Movie)

Theora (Actor)

Patterns 1956 (Movie)

Nancy Staples (Actor)

Phone Call From a Stranger 1951 (Movie)

Mrs Fortness (Actor)

Chiller (TV Show)

Actor

Killer on Board (TV Show)

Actor

King's Crossing (TV Show)

Actor

Run Till You Fall (TV Show)

Actor

The Dain Curse (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Peter Cookson Jr

Step-Son

Jane Cookson Coopland

Step-Daughter

Peter Cookson

Husband
starred together in Broadway production of "The Heiress" second husband married from June 2, 1949 to his death in 1990

Gary Cookson

Son

Tony Cookson

Son

Willard Straight

Father
born in 1880 died in 1918 was business associate of J P Morgan also provided financing for the first year's operation of The New Republic

Dorothy Straight

Mother
born in 1887 died in 1968

Michael Straight

Brother
born on September 1, 1916

Whitney Straight

Brother
worked for a British airline born in 1912 died in 1979

EDUCATION

Michael Chekhov Theatre School

studied under Michael Checkhov

Tamara Daykarhanova School

studied acting

Milestones

1991

Final screen appearance as Goldie Hawn's mother in the thriller "Deceived"

1990

Co-starred in NBC miniseries "People Like Us"

1985

Played Rose Kennedy in the CBS miniseries "Robert Kennedy and His Times"

1982

Played Louisa Beauchamp on the short-lived ABC primetime serial drama, "King's Crossing"

1976

Returned to feature films with "Network"; won Best Supporting Actress Oscar

1975

Played Emmaline Hacker, the butler's wife, on the short-lived CBS primetime serial drama, "Beacon Hill"

1973

Co-starred in TV version of "The Borrowers" (NBC)

1964

Last feature film for twelve years, "The Young Lovers"

1954

Was a panelist on the game show, "One Minute Please"

1953

Played Elizabeth Proctor in the Broadway premiere of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"; won Tony Award

1952

Feature film debut, "Phone Call from a Stranger"

1944

Co-founded the producing organization Theater Inc.

1935

Made Broadway debut in "Bitter Oleander"

Had recurring role on the NBC soap "Santa Barbara"

Produced a series of children's plays, including "Who Am I?"

Played Mrs. Phillips on the long-running CBS daytime drama, "Love of Life"

Ran her own radio program on station WMCA in NYC during WWII

Made recurring appearances as the Queen Mother (of Paradise Island) on the ABC adventure-fantasy series, "Wonder Woman"

Bonus Trivia

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Straight taught acting at the Michael Chekhov Theatre School.

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