Actress. Born in Michigan City, Indiana, her mother was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright. She arrived in New York City, New York at age 11, attending various private schools. Possessing an acting talent and encouraged by her mother, Anne Baxter won a part at age 13 in a Broadway stage production. She pursued an acting vocation by enrolling at Theodora Irvine School of the Theater. A trip to Hollywood in search of a role in the movies ended in failure. Returning to New York, she continued to act on Broadway and in summer stock shows. Another trip to California proved fruitful. A screen test resulted in a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox. At 17, she appeared in her first film, while on loan to MGM, "Twenty Mule Team," a minor Western featuring Wallace Beery. Her career lasted over forty years covering stage, films and television. Annie made some clinkers but many were quality films where her acting abilities shined. Her best role was as 'Queen Nefertiri' in the blockbuster, The Ten Commandments. This film is shown annually on television during the Easter holiday season. Cast as 'Sophie MacDonald' in "The Razor's Edge," the role garnered her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her portrayal of 'Eve Harrington' netted her a Oscar nomination in "All About Eve." As her movie roles became fewer and fewer, she turned to television appearing as a guest star on numerous shows during the last 25 years of her life. She was a regular on the dramatic series, Hotel. Her last film performance was in the TV movie, "Sherlock Holmes" and "The Masks of Death." During a break in filming Hotel, while visiting New York City from her residence in Connecticut, attempting to hail a cab, she fell to the street after suffering a stroke and was taken to a New York hospital. Anne Baxter lingered for eight days dying at age 62 from a brain aneurysm. She was cremated and her ashes were taken to the family cemetery located on the Frank Lloyd Wright estate in Wisconsin. A short service was held while a memorial tree was planted and she was interred near the former grave of her grandfather (moved to Arizona). An ordinary stone was placed with her name inscribed and the year of her death. She was the mother of three notable daughters: Katrina Hodiak who made a short fling at movie making, Melissa Galt who from her famous family heritage forged a very successful career as an interior designer in Atlanta. Maginel Galt embraced the faith and became a Roman Catholic nun stationed in Rome, Italy. Anne Baxter played an instrumental role in Los Angeles charities and scholarship funding while at the height of her career.
Bio by: Donald Greyfield
Catherine Dorothy Wright Baxter