Miriam Hopkins

Actor, Chorus girl
This highly talented blonde Broadway actress possessed an intriguing, husky voice and a brittle, sometimes twitchy yet sexy style. An off-beat combination of a vivacious Southern belle and an insecure yet superior ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1902 in Bainbridge, Georgia, USA

Filmography

other (28)

The Chase 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Reeves (Actor)

The Children's Hour 1961 (Movie)

Mrs Lily Mortar (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Virginia City 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Barbary Coast 1935 (Movie)

Swan (Actor)

These Three 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Becky Sharp 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trouble in Paradise 1931 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

24 Hours (Movie)

Rosie Dugan (Actor)

A Gentleman After Dark (Movie)

Flo Melton (Actor)

Design for Living (Movie)

Gilda Farrell (Actor)

Fast and Loose (Movie)

Marion Lenox (Actor)

Men Are Not Gods (Movie)

Ann Williams (Actor)

Old Acquaintance (Movie)

Millie Drake (Actor)

She Loves Me Not (Movie)

Curly Flagg (Actor)

The Heiress (Movie)

Lavinia Penniman (Actor)

The Lady with Red Hair (Movie)

Mrs. Leslie Carter (Actor)

The Mating Season (Movie)

Fran Carleton (Actor)

The Old Maid (Movie)

Delia Lovell Ralston (Actor)

The Outcasts of Poker Flat (Movie)

Duchess (Actor)

The Richest Girl in the World (Movie)

Dorothy Hunter (Actor)

The Smiling Lieutenant (Movie)

Princess Anna (Actor)

The Story of Temple Drake (Movie)

Temple Drake (Actor)

The Woman I Love (Movie)

Mme. Helene Maury (Actor)

The World and the Flesh (Movie)

Maria Yaskaya (Actor)

Wise Girl (Movie)

Susan Fletcher (Actor)

Biography

This highly talented blonde Broadway actress possessed an intriguing, husky voice and a brittle, sometimes twitchy yet sexy style. An off-beat combination of a vivacious Southern belle and an insecure yet superior modern woman, Hopkins signed as a leading lady with Paramount in 1930 and gained early stardom for her roles in productions including the delightful Ernst Lubitsch musical "The Smiling Lieutenant" (1931) and Rouben Mamoulian's striking "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932). In Lubitsch's masterpiece, "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), she displayed a sharp talent for sly, sophisticated banter, and she won an Oscar nomination in the title role of Mamoulian's "Becky Sharp" (1935). The feisty, intelligent Hopkins gave what is probably her finest dramatic performance in William Wyler's sterling if significantly altered adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour", "These Three" (1936).

Known to be difficult on the set, Hopkins flitted from studio to studio. After her early tenure at Paramount, she was under contract to independent producer Samuel Goldwyn during the mid-30s and by the end of the decade had moved to Warner Brothers, where a rivalry with Bette Davis manifested itself in both the plotline and the actual filming of the touching soaper, "The Old Maid" (1939). Her stardom began to decline toward the end of the decade after several films ("The Woman I Love" 1937, "Lady with Red Hair" 1940) fizzled at the box office. For a time Hopkins had been a critics' darling; as her films became more routine and she became increasingly disenchanted with her opportunities in Hollywood, some of her performances became more mannered. After another competitive reteaming with Davis in the enjoyably catty "Old Acquaintance" (1943), which put her fidgety qualities to good use, Hopkins returned to Broadway and stage tours and bid farewell to Hollywood for six years.

Hopkins began playing occasional film character parts at the end of the 40s. She was especially good in her first major supporting role in films, that of the solicitous, romantic aunt in a fine reunion film with Wyler, "The Heiress" (1949). Hopkins made intermittent appearances through the mid-60s, including one in Wyler's 1962 remake, "The Children's Hour" (playing the aunt of the character she had played 26 years earlier). She also did occasional TV work, perhaps most memorably in an outlandish yet highly effective and even moving Norma Desmond-type turn as an overage flapper still living in her youthful past in "Don't Open Till Doomsday", an especially memorable installment of the cult classic anthology series, "The Outer Limits".

Relationships

Raymond Brock

Husband

Michael Hopkins

Son
adopted in 1932

Anatole Litvak

Husband
Married Sept. 4, 1937 Divorced Oct. 11, 1939

Austin Parker

Husband

Brandon Peters

Husband

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York

Goddard Seminary

Barre , Vermont

Milestones

1966

Last film, "The Chase"

1962

Last film with Wyler, "The Children's Hour", a remake of "These Three"

1949

Returned to film to play her first supporting role, in William Wyler's "The Heiress"

1942

Last film for six years, "Old Acquaintance", opposite Davis

1939

Joined Warner Bros.; made a film opposite rival Bette Davis, "The Old Maid"

1936

First film with director William Wyler, "These Three"

1935

Received Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of "Becky Sharp"

1935

Was affiliated with Samuel Goldwyn Productions for a number of films in the mid-1930s

1930

Made film acting debut in a leading role in Paramount's "Fast and Loose"

1930

Signed with Paramount

1923

Switched to acting

1921

Debut as chorus girl in "The Music Box Revue"

Worked primarily on the stage during the 1940s, playing leading roles on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour

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