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|Also Known As:||Ellen Miriam Hopkins||Died:||October 9, 1972|
|Born:||October 18, 1902||Cause of Death:||coronary attack|
|Birth Place:||Bainbridge, Georgia, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor chorus girl|
This highly talented blonde Broadway actress possessed an intriguing, husky voice and a brittle, sometimes twitchy yet sexy style. An off-beat combination of a vivacious Southern belle and an insecure yet superior modern woman, Hopkins signed as a leading lady with Paramount in 1930 and gained early stardom for her roles in productions including the delightful Ernst Lubitsch musical "The Smiling Lieutenant" (1931) and Rouben Mamoulian's striking "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932). In Lubitsch's masterpiece, "Trouble in Paradise" (1932), she displayed a sharp talent for sly, sophisticated banter, and she won an Oscar nomination in the title role of Mamoulian's "Becky Sharp" (1935). The feisty, intelligent Hopkins gave what is probably her finest dramatic performance in William Wyler's sterling if significantly altered adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play "The Children's Hour", "These Three" (1936).
drednm ( 2006-06-19 )
Source: Internet Broadway Database
Miriam Hopkins originated the role of Julie in JEZEBEL on Broadway in 1933. The film role went to Bette Davis, who won her second Oscar for the part.
Falconlair ( 2007-09-14 )
Source: I am writing a biography of Miriam Hopkins and have interviewed her family.
Miriam Hopkins was actually born in Savannah, Georgia. She spent several years of her childhood in Bainbridge where her mother was born and her grandmother lived. For some reason she told early studio biographers that she was born in Bainbridge, perhaps to get the impression that she was a small town girl that made good.
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