Beatrice Whitney Straight was an American theatre, film and television actress and a member of the prominent Whitney family. She was an Academy Award and Tony Award winner as well as an Emmy Award nominee. Straight made her Broadway debut in The Possessed. Her other Broadway roles included Viola in Twelfth Night, Catherine Sloper in The Heiress and Lady Macduff in Macbeth. For her role as Elizabeth Proctor in the production of The Crucible, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play. For the satirical film Network, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her performance is the shortest ever to win an Academy Award for acting, at five minutes and two seconds of screen time. She also received an Emmy Award nomination for the miniseries The Dain Curse. Straight also appeared as Mother Christophe in The Nun's Story and Dr. Martha Lesh in Poltergeist.
|Born:||Beatrice Whitney Straight, August 2, 1914, Old Westbury, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||April 7, 2001, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Parent(s):||Willard Dickerman Straight, Dorothy Payne Whitney|
|Relatives:||Whitney W. Straight (brother), Michael W. Straight (brother)|
|IMDb:||Beatrice Straight's IMDb|
About Beatrice Straight
Noted stage actress who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Louise Schumacher in Network.
Beatrice Straight Before Fame
She began acting after her family moved to Britain, and made her Broadway debut in 1939 in a production of The Possessed.
Achievement of Beatrice Straight
While mostly staying on stage, she had several memorable roles on television. She played Dr. Lesh in Poltergeist, and the mother of the title character in Wonder Woman.
Beatrice Straight Family Life
She was born in New York City as the daughter of Willard Dickerman Straight, an investment banker, and Dorothy Payne Whitney, a philanthropist. She was raised as a member of the powerful Whitney family.
Associations of Beatrice Straight
Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman, her daughter, on the show Wonder Woman.
Information related to Beatrice Straight
- Whitney family
- Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winners