Born 1923 in Michigan City, Indiana, American actress Anne Baxter studied acting with Maria Ouspenskaya and had some stage experience before making her film debut in 20 Mule Team (1940). She became a contract player of 20th Century Fox and was loaned out to RKO Pictures for a role in Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), one of her earlier films.
In 1947, Baxter won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sophie MacDonald in The Razor’s Edge (1946). In 1951, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the title role in All About Eve (1950). She worked with several of Hollywood’s greatest directors, including Alfred Hitchcock in I Confess (1953), Fritz Lang in The Blue Gardenia (1953), and Cecil B. DeMille in The Ten Commandments (1956).
In 1960, Baxter received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6741 Hollywood Boulevard. She worked regularly in television in the 1960s, and returned to Broadway during the 1970s.
Baxter suffered a stroke on December 4, 1985, while hailing a taxi on Madison Avenue in New York City. . She died on December 12, aged 62.
Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of Anne Baxter in the 1940s and 1950s.