Search a film or person :
FacebookConnectionRegistration
Miriam Hopkins is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter American born on 18 october 1902 at Savannah (USA)

Miriam Hopkins

Miriam Hopkins
If you like this person, let us know!
Birth name Ellen Miriam Hopkins
Nationality USA
Birth 18 october 1902 at Savannah (USA)
Death 9 october 1972 (at 69 years) at New York City (USA)

Ellen Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972) was an American film and TV actress known for her versatility. She first signed with Paramount in 1930, working with Ernst Lubitsch and Joel McCrea, among many others. Her long-running feud with Bette Davis was publicised for effect. Later she became a pioneer of TV drama. Hopkins was a distinguished Hollywood hostess, who moved in intellectual and creative circles.

Biography

Née à Savannah, Georgie et élevée à Bainbridge, elle finit ses études dans le Vermont et à l'université de Syracuse à New York. À 20 ans, elle devient « chorus-girl ». En 1930, elle signe un contrat avec la Paramount Pictures, et tourne son premier film : Fast and Loose.

Au cours des années 1930, elle joue dans Le Lieutenant souriant (1931), Docteur Jekyll et M. Hyde (1931), Becky Sharp (1935), pour lequel elle obtient une nomination à l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice, Ville sans loi (1935), Ils étaient trois (1936) et La caravane héroïque (1939). Son film le plus marquant de cette époque reste le chef-d'œuvre d'Ernst Lubitsch Sérénade à trois (1932) où elle impose un personnage plein de charme et d'esprit.

Miriam Hopkins a fait partie de la cohorte d'actrices auditionnées pour le rôle de Scarlett O'Hara dans Autant en emporte le vent. Elle partait avec un avantage sur ses concurrentes, étant la seule à être vraiment originaire de Géorgie. Mais cela ne suffira pas, et le rôle ira à Vivien Leigh, talonnée par Paulette Goddard.

Bette Davis écrira plus tard que l'insécurité dont souffrait Miriam Hopkins la conduisait à des comportements de forte rivalité sur les plateaux. Après leurs deux collaborations, La Vieille Fille (1939) et L'Impossible Amour (1943), Miriam Hopkins ne tourne plus pendant 6 ans. Malgré les grands metteurs en scène Lubitsch, Rouben Mamoulian, King Vidor, Howard Hawks et Michael Curtiz, malgré sa carrière de séductrice associée à Fredric March, Paul Muni, Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, Ray Milland ou Joel McCrea, malgré les adaptations de Thackeray, Louis Bromfield et Joseph Kessel, la carrière de Hopkins au cinéma n'égale pas sa carrière théâtrale.

Elle tourne à nouveau en 1949 dans L'Héritière de William Wyler, où elle passe au second plan derrière Olivia de Havilland, puis elle revient à la comédie en incarnant la mère de Gene Tierney dans La Mère du marié en 1951. Par la suite, elle travaille avec Wyler à deux reprises (Un amour désespéré avec Laurence Olivier et Jennifer Jones) et Russ Meyer. Miriam Hopkins fait sa dernière apparition notable sur le grand écran dans La Poursuite impitoyable d'Arthur Penn, aux côtés de Marlon Brando, Robert Redford et Jane Fonda. Elle partage l'affiche de son dernier film en 1970 avec Gale Sondergaard (1899–1985).

La star sophistiquée du cinéma des années trente, rivale de Carole Lombard, Claudette Colbert, Irene Dunne et Tallulah Bankhead, tourne un peu pour la télévision, intervenant dans les séries Au-delà du réel et Route 66 (pour un épisode avec Ralph Meeker), interprétant des adaptations de F. Scott Fitzgerald et Jean Cocteau (1961), un sujet original de Gore Vidal (1955), croisant Otto Kruger et Carolyn Jones, Ronald Reagan (1962) et Sally Field (1969).

Elle a été mariée quatre fois : à l'acteur Brandon Peters, à l'aviateur Austin Parker, au réalisateur Anatole Litvak, et au journaliste correspondant de guerre Raymond B. Brock. En 1932, Miriam Hopkins adopte un garçon, Michael Hopkins.

Elle meurt à New York d'une crise cardiaque, neuf jours avant de fêter ses 70 ans.

Elle a deux étoiles sur le Hollywood Walk of Fame : une pour le cinéma au 1701 Vine Street, et une pour la télévision au 1708 Vine Street.

Best films

The Heiress (1949)
(Actress)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
(Actress)
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
(Actress)

Usually with

Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
(1 films)
William Wyler
William Wyler
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Miriam Hopkins (35 films)

Display filmography as list

Actress

The Chase
The Chase (1966)
, 2h13
Directed by Arthur Penn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E. G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule
Roles Mrs. Reeves
Rating71% 3.599773.599773.599773.599773.59977
In a small Texas town where banker Val Rogers (E.G. Marshall) wields a great deal of influence, word comes that native son Bubber Reeves (Robert Redford) and another man have escaped from prison.
The Children's Hour, 1h45
Directed by William Wyler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Shirley MacLaine, Audrey Hepburn, James Garner, Miriam Hopkins, Fay Bainter, Veronica Cartwright
Roles Lily Mortar
Rating77% 3.8995653.8995653.8995653.8995653.899565
Former college classmates Martha Dobie (Shirley MacLaine) and Karen Wright (Audrey Hepburn) open a private school for girls. Martha's Aunt Lily (Miriam Hopkins), an aging actress, lives and teaches elocution at the school. After an engagement of two years to Joe Cardin (James Garner), a reputable obstetrician, Karen finally agrees to set a wedding date. Joe is related to the influential Amelia Tilford (Fay Bainter), whose granddaughter Mary (Karen Balkin) is a student at the school. Mary is a spoiled, conniving child who bullies her classmates, particularly Rosalie Wells (Veronica Cartwright), whom she blackmails when she discovers her in possession of a student's missing bracelet.
Carrie
Carrie (1952)
, 1h58
Directed by William Wyler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Romance
Actors Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones, Miriam Hopkins, Eddie Albert, Ray Teal, Barry Kelley
Roles Julie Hurstwood
Rating72% 3.6422553.6422553.6422553.6422553.642255
Carrie Meeber (Jennifer Jones) leaves her family in a small rural town and heads to Chicago. On the train to Chicago, Charles Drouet (Eddie Albert) approaches her. Although Carrie is reluctant to speak to him, the salesman persists and the two chat until they reach Chicago. Carrie gets off in South Chicago, the slums as Charles Drouet points out, after taking Drouet's business card.
The Outcasts of Poker Flat, 1h21
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Anne Baxter, Dale Robertson, Miriam Hopkins, Cameron Mitchell, Craig Hill, Barbara Bates
Roles Mrs. Shipton aka 'The Duchess'
Rating63% 3.195213.195213.195213.195213.19521
A murderous western outlaw (Mitchell), his wife (Baxter), a disgraced gambler (Robertson) and a faded dance hall floozie (Hopkins) and a few other socially undesirable characters are trapped in a snowbound mountain cabin. As the chances for rescue fade, the true natures of the cabin's occupants rise to the surface.
The Mating Season, 1h41
Directed by Mitchell Leisen, Oscar Rudolph
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Gene Tierney, John Lund, Miriam Hopkins, Thelma Ritter, Jan Sterling, Larry Keating
Roles Fran Carleton
Rating73% 3.690253.690253.690253.690253.69025
Ellen McNulty (Thelma Ritter) gives up her hamburger stand in New Jersey when the bank calls in her loan, and goes to visit her son Val (John Lund) in Ohio. Val has recently married a socialite, Maggie (Gene Tierney). To help Maggie put on a dinner party, Val has an employment service send a cook; Ellen arrives first, and Maggie mistakes her for the cook. Ellen, to avoid embarrassing Maggie, does not correct her. After the party, Val follows her home and persuades her to move in with them.
The Heiress, 1h55
Directed by William Wyler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Mona Freeman, Vanessa Brown
Roles Lavinia Penniman
Rating80% 4.046974.046974.046974.046974.04697
Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland) is a plain, painfully shy woman whose emotionally detached father (Ralph Richardson) makes no secret of his disappointment in her. When she meets the charming Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she immediately is taken by the attention that he lavishes upon her, attention she so desperately seeks from her father. Catherine falls madly in love with Morris and they plan to marry.
Old Acquaintance, 1h50
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Gig Young, John Loder, Phillip Reed, Anne Revere
Roles Millie Drake
Rating74% 3.7454753.7454753.7454753.7454753.745475
In 1924, newly successful author Kit Marlowe returns to her home town to speak, as part of a lecture tour, and to visit her dear childhood friend Millie. Millie has married Preston Drake and is pregnant, and she surprises Kit when she discloses she has also written a book, a romance novel. Millie asks Kit to present her book to her publisher. Upon their meeting, Preston appears to be impressed by Kit Marlowe.
A Gentleman After Dark, 1h14
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Adventure, Crime
Actors Brian Donlevy, Miriam Hopkins, Preston Foster, Harold Huber, Phillip Reed, Douglass Dumbrille
Roles Flo Melton
Rating62% 3.142113.142113.142113.142113.14211
We pick up the story when the editor of the New York Chronicle sits on New Year’s Eve 1923 awaiting news on the theft of legandary Mrs. Reginald Thorndyke’s jewellry, a bracelet worth about $50,000. Meanwhile, Tom Gaynor, Captain of the Detective Bureau, finds out that the jewel thief in fact is none other than the notorious Harry ”Heliotrope” Melton. The Heliotrope’s signatory is that he always wears a heliotrope flowers in his jacket lapel. His lover and partner in crime, Flo, is just about to give birth at a hospital, when Harry comes to bring her a bracelet as a gift of love. Detective Gaynor believes that Harry deep down is essentially a nice person, with a lot of goodness inside. Gaynor thinks Harry has been lead to walk the wrong path because of outer circumstances.
Lady with Red Hair, 1h18
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Actors Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains, Richard Ainley, Laura Hope Crews, Helen Westley, John Litel
Roles Mrs. Leslie Carter
Rating62% 3.1491153.1491153.1491153.1491153.149115
When Caroline Carter is divorced by her wealthy husband, she also loses custody of her son Dudley in the proceedings. Down on the ground she decides to win her fortune and son back. She leaves Chicago for New York to become an actress and tries to get acquainted to the theatrical producer David Belasco.
Virginia City, 1h58
Directed by Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, Miriam Hopkins, Michael Curtiz, Robert Buckner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale
Roles Julia Hayne
Rating67% 3.3955453.3955453.3955453.3955453.395545
Union officer Kerry Bradford (Errol Flynn) stages a daring escape from a Confederate prison run by prison commander Vance Irby (Randolph Scott) after learning that the rebels plan to smuggle five million dollars in gold from Virginia City, Nevada (in Union territory), to Texas, from where it can be shipped to Richmond, Virginia to aid the Confederate war effort. Bradford reports to Union headquarters and is immediately sent to Virginia City to determine where the gold is being kept. On the stagecoach, he meets and falls in love with the elegant Julia Hayne (Miriam Hopkins), who unbeknownst to him is in fact a dance-hall girl—and a rebel spy! Also on the stagecoach is the legendary John Murrell (Humphrey Bogart), leader of a gang of "banditos" traveling as a gun salesman. Before he and his gang can rob the stage, Bradford gets the drop on them and they escape empty-handed.
The Old Maid, 1h35
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent, Donald Crisp, Jane Bryan, James Stephenson
Roles Delia Lovell Ralston
Rating75% 3.7960953.7960953.7960953.7960953.796095
Set during the American Civil War, the story focuses on Charlotte Lovell and her cousin Delia, whose wedding day is disrupted when her former fiance Clem Spender returns following a two-year absence. Delia proceeds to marry Jim Ralston, and Charlotte comforts Clem, who enlists in the Union Army and is later killed in battle. Shortly after his death, Charlotte discovers she is pregnant with Clem's child, and in order to escape the stigma of an illegitimate child, she journeys West to have her baby, a daughter she names Clementina (or "Tina").
The Woman I Love, 1h25
Directed by Anatole Litvak
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Paul Muni, Miriam Hopkins, Louis Hayward, Colin Clive, Minor Watson, Elisabeth Risdon
Roles Mme. Helene Maury
Rating75% 3.7610853.7610853.7610853.7610853.761085
In World War I, French fighter pilot Lt. Claude Maury (Paul Muni) gains a bad reputation in his squadron, flying off on "lone wolf" missions. More importantly, Maury continually returns to base with his air observers/gunners killed or wounded. Others believe he is either "jinxed" or dangerous, and only Lt. Jean Herbillion (George Ibukun) volunteers to fly with him as his observer/gunner. Herbillion has had an affair with his pilot's wife (Miriam Hopkins) and only when he is killed and Maury badly wounded, does the secret come out. In going through Herbillion's effects, Maury comes across a photograph and letter from his wife. She confesses to the affair and begs forgiveness. In the end, he relents as she nurses him back to health.
Wise Girl
Wise Girl (1937)
, 1h10
Directed by Leigh Jason
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about children
Actors Miriam Hopkins, Walter Abel, Ray Milland, Henry Stephenson, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Margaret Dumont
Roles Susan Fletcher
Rating72% 3.638853.638853.638853.638853.63885
Susan Fletcher (Miriam Hopkins) and her millionaire father, Simon (Henry Stephenson), are eager to take care of her late sister's two daughters, Joan and Katie, but her deceased brother-in-law's will placed them in the custody of his brother, John O'Halloran (Ray Milland). Mr. Fletcher's lawyers inform him that there is nothing they can do, unless John can be shown to be unemployed. However, though he loses jobs frequently, he also seems to be able to find new ones just as quickly. Susan decides to investigate.
Woman Chases Man, 1h11
Directed by John G. Blystone
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Charles Winninger, Erik Rhodes, Leona Maricle, Broderick Crawford
Roles Virginia Travis
Rating64% 3.242953.242953.242953.242953.24295
B.J. Nolan tries to get his millionaire son Kenneth to invest $100,000 in a housing development called Nolan Heights. However, B.J. has a long history of backing crazy projects (which is why his wife left all her money to her son in her will), so Kenneth turns him down.