Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Anne Baxter

by madman on August 13, 2018

Date of Birth: May 7, 1923

Place of Birth: Michigan City, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: December 12, 1985

Place of Death: Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/8th Welsh

Anne Baxter was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Razor’s Edge (1946).

Anne was the daughter of Catherine Dorothy (Wright) and Kenneth Stuart Baxter, an executive with the Seagrams Distillery Company. She was married to stockbroker David Klee, until his death. She had a daughter with her former husband, actor John Hodiak; and two children with her former husband, cattle ranch owner Randolph Galt.

Anne’s paternal grandfather was Charles Ernest Baxter (the son of Daniel Baxter and Emily Maria Shepardson). Emily was the daughter of Lewis Shepardson and Emily.

Anne’s paternal grandmother was named Dora Gay Belcher.

Anne’s maternal grandfather was prominent architect, interior designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright; the son of William Carey Wright and Anna Lloyd-Jones). Frank was born in Wisconsin. William was the son of David Wright and Abigail Goddard. Anna was born in Llandysul, Cardiganshire, Wales, the daughter of Richard Lloyd Jones and Mary Thomas.

Anne’s maternal grandmother was Catherine Lee Tobin (the daughter of Samuel Clark Tobin and Flora Parish). Catherine was born in Nebraska. Flora was the daughter of Charles Cushing Parish and Rosamond H. Pierce.

Sources: Genealogies of Anne Baxter –


Eileen Heckart

by madman on August 13, 2018

Birth Name: Anna Eileen Herbert

Date of Birth: March 29, 1919

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: December 31, 2001

Place of Death: Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.

*German, Irish, English (mother)

Eileen Heckart was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Butterflies Are Free (1972).

Eileen was the daughter of Esther (Stark). Her parents never married, and her mother married Leo Herbert before her birth so that her child would not be illegitimate. After Eileen’s birth, she was adopted by her maternal grandmother and her second husband, John W. Heckart.

Eileen was married to John Harrison Yankee, Jr., until his death. The couple had four children.

Eileen’s maternal grandfather was named Charles Stark. Charles was born in New York, to German parents.

Eileen’s maternal grandmother was Anna Ingram (the daughter of James Ingram and Nellie Egan/Agins). Anna was born in Ohio. Nellie was the daughter of Irish parents, William Egan and Ellen Savage.

Sources: Eileen Heckart on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Eileen Heckart on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Eileen’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Eileen’s maternal grandmother, Anna Ingram, and John W. Heckart –

Death record of Eileen’s maternal great-grandmother, Nellie Egan/Agins –


Wendy Hiller

by madman on August 11, 2018

Birth Name: Wendy Margaret Hiller

Date of Birth: 15 August, 1912

Place of Birth: Stockport, Cheshire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 14 May, 2003

Place of Death: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, 1/8th German

Dame Wendy Hiller was an English actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Separate Tables (1958).

Wendy was the daughter of Marie (Stone) and Frank Watkin Hiller, a cotton manufacturer. Her mother was born in Brewery House, Rhymney, Monmouthshire, Wales. She was married to dramatist Ronald Gow, until his death.

Wendy’s paternal grandfather was Albert Hiller (the son of Georg/George John Christian Hiller and Margaret Hemmings/Emmings). Albert was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Georg was born in Künzelsau, Hohenlohekreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, the son of Johann Heinrich Hiller and Maria Elisabetha Krämer. Margaret was born in Sheffield, the daughter of Joseph Emmings and Margaret.

Wendy’s paternal grandmother was Rachel Eyre (the daughter of David Eyre and Ann Watkins). Rachel was born in Manchester, Lancashire. David was the son of George Eyre and Ann Gibson.

Wendy’s maternal grandfather was Frederick Richard Morris Stone (the son of Moses Stone and Jane Rebecca Garton). Frederick was born in Avon, Gloucestershire. Moses was the son of John Stone and Phebe Bableton. Jane was the daughter of William Garton and Susannah Foley.

Wendy’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Mary James. Elizabeth was born in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales.


Josephine Hull

by madman on August 10, 2018

Birth Name: Mary Josephine Sherwood

Date of Birth: January 3, 1877

Place of Birth: Newtonville, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: March 12, 1957

Place of Death: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amount of Dutch

Josephine Hull was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Harvey (1950).

Josephine was the daughter of Mary Elizabeth “Minnie” (Tewkesbury) and William H. Sherwood. She was married to actor Shelley Hull, until his death.

Josephine’s paternal grandparents were John W. Sherwood (the son of George H. Sherwood and Martha Van Cott Wetmore) and Amanda Mitchell Merrill.

Sources: Genealogy of Josephine Hull –


Linda Hunt

by madman on August 9, 2018

Birth Name: Lydia Susanna Hunt

Place of Birth: Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 2, 1945

Ethnicity: English

Linda Hunt is an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Year of Living Dangerously, for 1983’s film year. She played Billy Kwan, a man of Chinese descent. Linda is the first person to win an Oscar for playing a character of the opposite sex.

Linda is the daughter of Elsie (Doying), a piano teacher, and Raymond Davy Hunt, who was vice president of Harper Fuel Oil. Linda is married to psychotherapist Karen Klein.

Linda’s paternal grandfather was Charles Edwin Hunt (the son of Charles Phillips Hunt and Ella/Ellen Maria Read). Linda’s grandfather Charles was born in Massachusetts. Linda’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Charles Edwin Hunt and Marcia E. Phillips. Ella was Canadian, and was the daughter of Milton Heywood/Haywood Read and Eliza A. Ricker.

Linda’s paternal grandmother was Louise P. Davy (the daughter of Manning Charles/P. Davy and Helen/Nellie F./M. Baxter). Louise was born in Massachusetts. Manning was Canadian.

Linda’s maternal grandfather was Howard Preston Doying (the son of James Doying and Mary Ann Castle/Cassell). Howard was born in Michigan, to Canadian parents. James was the son of James Doying and Joanna/Johana Scott. Mary Ann was the daughter of Benjamin Cassell and Mary.

Linda’s maternal grandmother was Melissa/Malissa Almira Austin (the daughter of E. Austin). Melissa was born in Michigan.

Sources: Marriage record of Linda’s parents –

Linda’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Linda’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Linda’s paternal grandparents, Charles Edwin Hunt and Louise P. Davy –

Linda’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Linda’s maternal grandparents, Howard Preston Doying and Melissa/Malissa Almira Austin –

Marriage record of Linda’s maternal great-grandparents, James Doying and Mary Ann Castle/Cassell –

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