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Miriam Hopkins

Miriam Hopkins

Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 - October 9, 1972) was an American actress. Born in Bainbridge, Georgia, she attended a finishing school in Vermont and Syracuse University. At the age of 20 she became a chorus girl in New York City. In 1930 she signed with Paramount Studios, and made her film debut in Fast and Loose.

During the rest of the 1930s she appeared in such films as The Smiling Lieutenant, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Trouble in Paradise, The Story of Temple Drake, Becky Sharp (for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress), Barbary Coast, These Three, The Old Maid and Old Acquaintance. The studios made up a rivalry between Hopkins and Bette Davis, making the climactic confrontation scene in Old Acquaintance eagerly anticipated by audiences.

She was one of the actresses auditioned to portray Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind.

She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for motion pictures at 1701 Vine Street, and one for television at 1708 Vine Street.

Hopkins died in New York, New York from a heart attack.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Miriam Hopkins Facts

Birth NameEllen Miriam Hopkins
OccupationActress
BirthdayOctober 18, 1902
SignLibra
BirthplaceBainbridge, Georgia, USA
Date of deathOctober 9, 1972 (age 69)
Height5' 2" (1m57)  How tall is Miriam Hopkins compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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