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Beatrice Straight

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Birth nameBeatrice Whitney Straight
Birth dateAugust 2, 1914
Place of birthOld Westbury, New York, U.S.
Date of deathApril 7, 2001(age 86)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1939 1991
SpouseLouis Dolivet (div. 1949)
Peter Cookson (1949-1990)

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Beatrice Whitney Straight (August 2, 1914 - April 7, 2001) was an American theatre, film, and television actress. Hers remains the shortest acting performance in a film to win an Oscar. In her winning role in the 1976 film Network, she was on screen for five minutes and forty seconds, the shortest time ever for the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also received an Emmy nomination for her role in The Dain Curse. Straight can also be recognized as Dr. Lesh in Poltergeist.

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