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Date of Birth: 1914-08-02
Date of death: 2001-04-07 (passed away at the age of 86 years)
Place of birth: Old Westbury, New York, USA
Height: 170 cm
Marital status: married twice: 1. Louis Dolivet (up to 24.05.1949, divorce); 2. Peter Cookson (02/06/1949 – 06/01/1990, his death), including 2 children Tony
Awards: 1 nomination and
Outstanding dramatic actress. The winner of the most unexpected Oscar in the history of cinema. She came from a wealthy family (his father was a diplomat, and her mother stylist, her brother Michael Straight is a well-known writer and journalist), so she could afford to study at the best universities. She graduated from the acting department at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Devonshire (England), where she was a pupil of Michael Chekhov, a prominent Russian actor, one of the disciples of Stanislavski and great admirers of his methods. Her thesis was the main role in ‘Doll’s House’ ‘Ibsen. In 1935 she debuted on Broadway in ” The Bitter Oleander ”, in 1953 and received a Tony Award for her supporting role of Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller’s’ Season of the Witch ”. A year earlier, she played her first film role in ” Phone Call From a Stranger ”. Entire career devoted to the theater, however, creating many memorable characters that have always bestowed strength, tranquility and elegance. The film was rare and you have to admit, often he chose proposals worthy of her talent. In the 60s there was a guest in several episodes of ” Dr Kildare ” or ” Mission Impossible ” in 1978 was nominated for an Emmy for his role possessive mother in the miniseries ” The Dain Curse ” but the greatest success was achieved two years earlier. Her 8-minutowie appearance in the image of ” Network ” Sidney Lumet, topped with a brilliant scene of a quarrel with her husband, William Holden movie, so delighted the jury Film Academy, that has placed admit Straight Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Never before in the history of cinema, none of the actors did not get the main prize for such a brief appearance! Straight spent on the set of 3 days, and in the race for Oscar left behind, among others, a young Jodie Foster, nominated for her role in ” Taxi Driver ” and Piper Laurie, who in a memorable performance mother of the title character in the horror film De Palma’s’ Carrie ”. Straight afterwards we could watch only dramas or horror films class B, including ” Bloodline ” or ” promise ” reminded of himself in 1982, as a specialist in catching the title ” Spirit ” in 1985, she starred in the miniseries’ ‘Robert Kennedy and his time’, and in 1986 came to working again Lumet with the failed political drama ” Power ”. But it was not worth the proposals of its great dramatic talent. The last time she played on screen in the 1991 thriller ” Deceived ”. She died on April 7, 2001 at his home in Los Angeles of pneumonia. Her son Tony Cookson tried his hand as a director and screenwriter (previously filmed two movies)