Miriam Hopkins

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Miriam Hopkins in the title role of Becky Sharp (1935)

Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902October 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.

Bette Davis later wrote of Hopkins' difficult manner during the production of their two films The Old Maid and Old Acquaintance, saying that Hopkins was a very talented actress, but her insecurity led her to constantly try to upstage her costars and "steal" their scenes. Davis attributed the demise of Hopkins' film career to her "temperamental" reputation in Hollywood.

Hopkins 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.

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