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Miriam Hopkins

Born into wealth in Savannah,Georgia on October 18, 1902, Ellen Miriam Hopkins was able to attend the finest educational institutions including Goddard Seminary in Plainfield, Vermont and Syracuse University in New York State. Studying dance in New York , she received her first taste of show business as a chorus girl at twenty. She appeared in local musicals before she began expanding her horizons by trying out dramatic roles four years later. By 1928, Miriam was appearing in stock companies on the East Coast and her reviews were getting better after having been vilified earlier in her career. In 1930, Miriam decided to try the silver screen and signed with Paramount Studios. Since she was already established on Broadway, Paramount felt they were getting a seasoned performer after the rave reviews she had received on Broadway. Her first role was in Fast and Loose (1930). The role, where Miriam played a rebellious girl, was a good start. After appearing in 24 Hours (1931), where she is killed by her husband, Miriam played Princess Anna in The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) opposite Maurice Chevalier. Still considered a newcomer, Miriam displayed a talent that had all the earmarks of stardom. She was to finish out the year by playing Ivy Pearson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). Miriam began filming World and the Flesh (1932) which was not a box-office blockbuster. Later, she appeared in Dancers in the Dark (1932) with George Raft. The film was unexpectedly strong and enjoyable which served as a catalyst to propel Miriam and Raft to bigger stardom. In Two Kinds of Women (1932) directed by William C. de Mille, Miriam once again performed magnificently. Later that year she played Lily Vautier in the sophisticated comedy Trouble in Paradise (1932). A film that should have been nominated for an Academy Award, it has lasted through the years as a masterpiece in comedy - even today, film buffs and historians rave about it. Miriam's brilliant performance in Design for Living (1933) propelled her to the top of Paramount's salary scale. Later that year, Miriam played the title role in The Story of Temple Drake (1933). Paramount was forced to tone down the film's violence and character being raped to pass they Hayes Office code. Despite being watered down, it was still a box-office smash. In 1934, Miriam filmed All of Me (1934) which was less than well-received. Soon, the country was abuzz as to who would play Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1939). Miriam wanted the coveted spot especially since she was a Southern lady and Georgia native. Unfortunately, as we all know, she didn't win the role. As a matter of fact, her only movie role that year was in The Old Maid (1939). By this time, the roles were only trickling in for her. With the slowdown in film work, Miriam found herself returning to the stage. She made two films in 1940, none in 1941, and one in 1942 and 1943, respectively. The stage was her work now. However in 1949, she received the role of Lavinia Penniman in The Heiress (1949). Miriam made only three films in the 1950's, but she had begun making appearances on television programs. Miriam made her final big screen appearance in Savage Intruder (1970). Nine days before her 70th birthday, on October 9, 1972, Miriam died of a heart attack in New York City.


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Born:
Oct 18, 1902 In Savannah, Georgia, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
48
First Appeared:
In the movie Fast and Loose 1930-11-08
Latest Project:
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood 2008-03-03
Known For
Poster of The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Poster of Men Are Not Gods
Poster of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Poster of Fast and Loose
Filmography
Movie Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Ivy Pearson (archive footage) 2008-03-03
Movie Stardust: The Bette Davis Story Herself as Millie Drake (archive footage) 2006-05-02
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Savage Intruder Katherine Parker 1970-01-01
Movie The Chase Mrs. Reeves 1966-02-17
Movie Fanny Hill Maude Brown 1964-09-25
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Movie The Children's Hour Mrs. Lily Mortar 1961-01-01
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series The Whistler Unknown 1954-07-13
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Carrie Julie Hurstwood 1952-07-17
Movie The Outcasts of Poker Flat Mrs. Shipton aka 'The Duchess' 1952-11-03
Movie The Mating Season Fran Carleton 1951-01-12
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie The Heiress Lavinia Penniman 1949-10-06
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Old Acquaintance Millie Drake 1943-11-27
Movie A Gentleman After Dark Flo Melton 1942-04-16
Movie Virginia City Julia Hayne 1940-03-23
Movie Lady with Red Hair Mrs. Leslie Carter 1940-11-30
Movie The Old Maid Delia Lovell Ralston 1939-09-02
Movie The Woman I Love Mme. Helene Maury 1937-04-15
Movie Woman Chases Man Virginia Travis 1937-05-07
Movie Wise Girl Susan Fletcher 1937-12-31
Movie These Three Martha Dobie 1936-03-18
Movie Men Are Not Gods Ann Williams 1936-11-26
Movie Splendor Phyllis Manning Lorrimore 1935-06-01
Movie Becky Sharp Becky Sharp 1935-06-28
Movie Barbary Coast Mary 'Swan' Rutledge 1935-10-13
Movie Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 1934-03-02
Movie All of Me Lydia Darrow 1934-02-01
Movie She Loves Me Not Curly Flagg 1934-08-31
Movie The Richest Girl in the World Dorothy Hunter 1934-09-21
Movie The Story of Temple Drake Temple Drake 1933-05-06
Movie The Stranger's Return Louise 1933-07-28
Movie Design for Living Gilda Farrell 1933-12-29
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Ivy Pearson 1932-01-03
Movie Two Kinds of Women Emma Krull 1932-01-16
Movie World and the Flesh Maria Yaskaya 1932-04-22
Movie Dancers in the Dark Gloria Bishop 1932-03-11
Movie Trouble in Paradise Lily 1932-10-21
Movie The House That Shadows Built (archive footage) 1931-07-08
Movie 24 Hours Rosie Dugan 1931-10-03
Movie The Smiling Lieutenant Princess Anna 1931-08-01
Movie Fast and Loose Marion Lenox 1930-11-08