Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy Birthday: Miriam Hopkins!

Miriam Hopkins (October 18, 1902 – October 9, 1972) was an American actress known for her versatility in a wide variety of roles such as:

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1932). Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a scientist who unleashes the beast within. Cast: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart. Dir: Rouben Mamoulian.

Richest Girl in the World, The (1934). To put off fortune-hunters, an heiress trades places with her secretary. Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray.

Wise Girl (1937) . A rich girl plays poor to win over a Greenwich Village artist. Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Ray Milland, Walter Abel. Dir: Leigh Jason.

Old Maid, The (1939). Cast: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, Jane Bryan. Dir: Edmund Goulding.
Please click to view Old Maid movie review.

Lady With Red Hair (1940) . An actress hopes to regain her lost son by making it to the top. Cast: Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains, Richard Ainley. Dir: Curtis Bernhardt.

Virginia City (1940). A rebel spy poses as a wild West dance hall girl. Cast: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Humphrey Bogart. Dir: Michael Curtiz. Please click to view Virginia City movie review.

Heiress, The (1949) .A plain young woman's money makes her prey to fortune hunters. Cast: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson. Dir: William Wyler.

List of Miriam Hopkins films I have seen:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1939 The Old Maid
1940 Virginia City
1949 The Heiress
1951 The Mating Season
1961 The Children's Hour
1966 The Chase


  1. Another bit of synchronicity (this time between TCM, you and me)...I'm planning to post a blog later today titled "The House That Jack Built" about the John Gilbert's estate (for 55 years a succession of "industry people" owned it). Miriam Hopkins purchased the house after Gilbert's death and so I've included a picture of her and the changes she made. I hadn't realized her birthday was today (even tho I now see TCM is spotlighting her films) til I saw your blog. Thank you!

  2. Just like Lady Eve, I didn't know TCM was airing Miriam's movies today. Thanks Dawn for posting about it and her birthday. My fave Miriam films are These Three, Old Acquaintance, Becky Sharp and Woman Chases Man.

  3. LadyEve, I'm really looking forward to reading your post titled, "The House That Jack Built". I know that it will be a very interesting read. I think my blog follows along with what TCM has going on. N and CF is my really my classic movie diary.

  4. Monty, You are also welcome. I will have to check out your favorite Miriam movie list. :)


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