Anne Baxter was an American actress of stage, film, and television. Born on May 7, 1923, in Michigan City, Indiana, she grew up in a family with a strong theatrical lineage; her maternal grandfather was the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Baxter began acting with a small role at age 13 and was largely mentored by her mother's sister, who was also an actress. Her early foray into Hollywood came when she signed a contract with 20th Century Fox at the age of 16.
Her breakthrough performance was in the 1942 film "The Magnificent Ambersons," directed by Orson Welles, which earned her critical acclaim. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sophie in the 1946 film "The Razor's Edge."
Perhaps Baxter's most memorable role was as Eve Harrington in the 1950 film "All About Eve," starring alongside Bette Davis. Her portrayal of the scheming, ambitious understudy to Davis’s established Broadway star garnered Baxter an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. While she did not win, the film itself is considered a classic and Baxter's performance remains especially noteworthy.
In addition to her success in film, Baxter also took to the stage and appeared in several Broadway productions. Her stage work included the role of Irene Molloy in the Broadway production of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker" in 1955.
During the 1960s, as her movie career cooled, Baxter transitioned successfully to television. She appeared in episodes of popular TV series such as "The Virginian," "The Name of the Game," and "The Streets of San Francisco."
Her personal life was the subject of some media interest, particularly her three marriages. The first, to John Hodiak in 1946, with whom she had a daughter, ended in divorce. In the late 1950s, Baxter married Randolph Galt, with whom she had two daughters. Her third and final marriage was to David Klee, a stockbroker, which ended with his unexpected death in 1977.
Anne Baxter continued to act until her untimely death on December 12, 1985, from a brain aneurysm. She was 62 years old. Her memoir, "Intermission: A True Tale," which she completed shortly before her death, recounts her experiences in Hollywood and her personal life.
For comprehensive information, her films and performances can be found listed in databases like IMDb, and biographies and historical records frequently reflect on her impact in Hollywood. The Anne Baxter episode of the "Biography" TV series is one example of an in-depth look at her life and career.