Actress Anne Baxter Dead at 62
NEW YORK (AP) _ Colleagues are mourning the death of Anne Baxter, whose five-decade career was highlighted by an Academy Award-winning role as a pitiable drunk in ″The Razor’s Edge″ and her performance as a two-faced schemer in ″All About Eve.″
Miss Baxter, who was 62, died at Lenox Hill Hospital on Thursday, eight days after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while walking along Madison Avenue. She never regained consciousness after being stricken, said her lawyer, Henry Perles.
″We’ve lost a remarkable actress and a significant star,″ said Charlton Heston, who appeared with her in ″The Ten Commandments″ and ″Three Violent People.″
″I ... found her to be an extraordinary performer and a fine woman.″
No funeral was planned. Memorial services will be held in New York and Los Angeles at times to be announced.
Miss Baxter, whose home was in Easton, Conn., is survived by three daughters.
She had been starring in the television series, ″Hotel,″ and was a stage, screen and television performer over a 49-year period. The show’s producer, Aaron Spelling, said earlier this week she would never be replaced.
″Anne Baxter’s death is a shattering shock to all of us who loved her and had the privilege of working with her,″ Spelling said.
Michael Spound, who also stars in the ABC-TV series, said, ″I was very lucky to know her and I will miss her very much.″
Miss Baxter joined ″Hotel″ in 1983 after Bette Davis, who starred in the series’ pilot film, became ill.
The professional lives of the two actresses had crossed triumphantly 34 years earlier in ″All About Eve,″ for which both received Academy Award nominations.
When the movie was turned into the Broadway musical ″Applause,″ Miss Baxter played the Davis role for nine months.
Born in Michigan City, Ind., on May 7, 1923, Miss Baxter was encouraged by her grandfather Frank Lloyd Wright to pursue acting.
She made her Broadway debut at 13 in ″Seen But Not Heard.″
Her first movie appearance was a bit part in ″Twenty Mule Team″ in 1940, but within two years, she advanced to an important role in Orson Welles’ ″The Maginificent Ambersons.″
Studio boss Darryl F. Zanuck thought she was smart and not too sexy, Miss Baxter once recalled, and he tested 13 other actresses before casting her in ″The Razor’s Edge,″ for which she won the 1946 supporting-actre ss Oscar.
″Zanuck thought all women were either broads or librarians,″ she said. ″He thought I was a librarian.″
Miss Baxter married actor John Hodiak in 1946 and they had a daughter, Katrina, before the marriage ended.
She married Randolph Galt in 1960 and moved with him to a ranch in Australia. The marriage produced two daughters, Melissa and Maginel, and Miss Baxter’s book, ″Intermission,″ about giving up career and Hollywood.
In 1971, a year after the marriage ended and she resumed her career, Miss Baxter told an interviewer: ″Acting is not what I do. It’s what I am. It’s my permanent, built-in cathedral.″
A marriage to banker David Klee in 1977 ended with Klee’s death the same year.
Among Miss Baxter’s other film credits were ″Swamp Water,″ ″Crash Dive,″ ″Five Graves to Cairo,″ ″The Sullivans,″ ″Sunday Dinner for a Soldier,″ ″Guest in the House,″ ″Yellow Sky,″ and ″Fool’s Parade.″
She also appeared in the television miniseries ″East of Eden,″ and in ″The Love Boat.″