In today’s guest post, Rick Armstrong shares some fascinating trivia tidbits about the great Anne Baxter!
1. Producer David Selznick considered Anne Baxter for the title role in Rebecca. He allegedly deemed her too young for the part and it went to Joan Fontaine. Other actresses considered for the role were Loretta Young and Vivien Leigh.
3. Here’s a more unusual All About Eve connection: In the 1983 pilot for the TV series Hotel, Bette Davis played Laura Trent, the St. Gregory’s wealthy owner. When a stroke prevented Ms. Davis from becoming a regular in the Hotel TV series, she was replaced by Anne Baxter. She played Trent’s sister-in-law for three seasons until her death.
4. In the book Conversations with Classic Movie Stars, Anne Baxter recalls reading for the part of Sophie in The Razor’s Edge with director Edmund Goulding: “I read a scene and the world-weary Goulding said I sounded fine. He told me he’d get me an Oscar. He said, ‘I did for Mary Astor and The Great Lie was junk. This is great literature.'” It did indeed earn her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
5. Anne Baxter was the granddaughter of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. She and first husband John Hodiak owned a unique home in the Hollywood Hills. It was remodeled by John Launter, a well-known architect in his own right, in 1951. The residence is now known as the Baxter-Hodiak Home.
7. On the subject of retirement, Anne Baxter once said: “I want to go on until they have to shoot me.” She died after suffering a stroke at the age of 62 in 1985.
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This article was originally printed on MovieFanFare in July, we are republishing it today to pay tribute to Anne Baxter.