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Beatrice Straight
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Birth Date:August 2, 1914
Astrology Sign:Leo
Chinese Sign:Tiger - Yang
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Died Date:April 7, 2001

Occupation:Movie actress

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Beatrice Straight

Biography:Beatrice Straight (August 2, 1914 - April 7, 2001) was an Academy Award-winning American theater and film actress.

Born in Old Westbury, New York, she was the daughter of investment banker Willard Dickerman Straight, and the wealthy Dorothy Payne Whitney. She was four years old when her father died in France of influenza during the great epidemic while serving with the United States Army during World War I. Following her mother's remarriage to British agronomist Leonard K. Elmhirst in 1925, the family moved to England. As such, Beatrice Straight was educated there and it was 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 was married twice, first to Frenchman Louis Dolivet, a left-wing activist who became editor of the "United Nations World" magazine and later an Academy Award winning film producer. They divorced in 1949 and Beatrice Straight immediately married film and Broadway actor/producer Peter Cookson with whom she had two sons.

She worked infrequently in television and cinema, and is most remembered for her role as a devastated wife, confronted by her husband William Holden's infidelity in Network (1976). Although Straight was onscreen for a little more than 5 minutes, her performance was widely praised, and earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, the shortest Oscar-winning performance in film history. Further film and television performances include the role of the mother of Lynda Carter in the Wonder Woman series. She also 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, aged 86. She was cremated.

Preceded by: Lee Grant for Shampoo Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress 1976 for Network Succeeded by: Vanessa Redgrave for Julia

Achievements: (Filmography)
Network (1977)
The Nun's Story (1959)

Chinese Horoscope for Beatrice Straight
Includes characteristics and Vices
Beatrice Straight's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: January 26, 1914 - February 13, 1915
Birthday: August 2, 1914

The Tiger is a Yang,
and is the Third sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Good Luck

Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Beatrice Straight's Personality Tarot Card The Chariot - Personality Card

Birthday: August 2, 1914

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Beatrice Straight's Growth Tarot Card Temperance

Birthday: August 2, 2020

Mixing and blending of opposites; compromise and cooperation.




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