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Beatrice Straight

Beatrice Whitney Straight was an American theater and film actress.

Born in Old Westbury, New York, Straight was educated in England where she began acting in amateur theater. Returning to the United States she made her Broadway debut in a 1935 production of Bitter Oleander. She concentrated her attentions on her theater work, winning a Tony Award for her role as Elizabeth Proctor in the 1953 production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

She worked infrequently in television and cinema, and is remembered by film goers for two roles. As the devastated wife, confronted by her husband William Holden's infidelity in Network (1976), Straight was onscreen for a little more than 5 minutes, however her performance was widely praised, and earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Further film and television roles, such as the mother of Lynda Carter in the Wonder Woman series, did nothing to enhance her film career. She played the role of the paranormal investigator, Dr Lesh in the film Poltergeist (1982), the most widely seen role of her film career.

She died from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California. She was cremated.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Beatrice Straight Facts

Birth Name Beatrice Whitney Straight
BirthdayAugust 2, 1914
BirthplaceOld Westbury, New York, USA
Date of deathApril 7, 2001 (age 86)
Awards1977 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (for Network)

Selected Filmography

Not available.