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Miriam Hopkins

After ten years on the stage as a successful actress, she joined Paramount in 1930 and became one of Hollywood’s top-ranking stars.

Miriam Hopkins

Filmography

1930      

Fast and Loose

 

1931      

The Smiling Lieutenant

24 Hours

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 

1932      

Two Kinds of Women

Dancers in the Dark

The World and the Flesh

Trouble in Paradise

 

1933      

The Story of Temple Drake

The Stranger’s Return

Design for Living

 

1934      

All of Me

She Loves Me Not

The Richest Girl in the World

 

1935      

Becky Sharp

Barbary Coast

Splendor

 

1936      

These Three

Men Are Not Gods

 

1937      

The Woman I Love

Woman Chases Man

Wise Girl

 

1939      

The Old Maid

 

1940      

Virginia City

Lady with Red Hair

 

1942      

A Gentleman After Dark

 

1943      

Old Acquaintance

 

1949      

The Heiress

 

1951      

The Mating Season

 

1952      

The Outcasts of Poker Flat

Carrie

 

1961      

The Children’s Hour

 

1964      

Fanny Hill

 

1966      

The Chase

 

1970      

Savage Intruder

Awards

Miriam Hopkins was nominated for one Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Becky Sharp (1935).

Me temperamental? I never was. Proof of that is that I made four pictures with Willie Wyler, who is a very demanding director. I made two with Rouben Mamoulian who is the same. Two with Ernst Lubitsch, such a dear man. ~ Miriam Hopkins

Ellen Miriam Hopkins was born on October 18, 1902 in Savannah, Georgia to Homer Hopkins and Ellen Cutler and raised in Bainbridge, near the Alabama border. She had an older sister, Ruby (1900-1990).

In 1909, she briefly lived in Mexico. After her parents separated, she moved as a teen with her mother to Syracuse, New York, to be near her uncle, Thomas Cramer Hopkins, head of the Geology Department at Syracuse University.

She attended Goddard Seminary in Barre, Vermont (which later became Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont) and Syracuse University (in New York). She became estranged from her father, and when in 1922 at the age of 19 she applied for a passport in preparation for a theatrical tour of South America, she listed his address as “unknown.”

At age 20, Hopkins became a chorus girl in New York City. In 1930, she signed with Paramount Pictures, and made her official film debut in Fast and Loose. Her first great succes