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Beatrice Whitney Straight
Beatrice Whitney Straight
  • Born 2 August 1914 - Old Westbury, Nassau Co., NY
  • Deceased 7 April 2001 - Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA,aged 86 years old
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  • Activist, publisher
  •  Spouses and children

    • With Louis Dolivet , divorced
    • Married 2 June 1949 to Peter Cookson, born 8 May 1913 - Milwaukie, Multnomah Co., OR, deceased 6 January 1990 - Southfield, MA aged 76 years old with



    On the side of Dorothy Payne Whitney, born 23 January 1887 - Washington, D.C., deceased 13 December 1968 - Devonshire, England aged 81 years old,
    Activist, publisher

     Paternal grand-parents, uncles and aunts

     Maternal grand-parents, uncles and aunts




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    Linked to: Timothy Michael Dowling, 9th cousin 2x removed
    "Born in Old Westbury, New York, she was the daughter of investment banker Willard Dickerman Straight, and the wealthy Dorothy Payne Whitney. She was four years old when her father died in France of influenza during the great epidemic while serving with the United States Army during World War I. Following her mother's remarriage to British agronomist Leonard K. Elmhirst in 1925, the family moved to England. As such, Beatrice Straight was educated there and it was where she began acting in amateur theater. Returning to the United States she made her Broadway debut in a 1935 production of Bitter Oleander. She concentrated her attentions on her theater work, winning a Tony Award for her role as Elizabeth Proctor in the 1953 production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
    She was married twice, first to Frenchman Louis Dolivet, a left-wing activist who became editor of the "United Nations World" magazine and later an Academy Award winning film producer. They divorced in 1949 and Beatrice Straight immediately married film and Broadway actor/producer Peter Cookson with whom she had two sons.
    She worked infrequently in television and cinema, and is remembered by film goers for two roles. As the devastated wife, confronted by her husband William Holden's infidelity in Network (1976), Straight was onscreen for a little more than 5 minutes , however her performance was widely praised, and earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, one of the shortest Oscar-winning performances in film history. Further film and television performances include the role of the mother of Lynda Carter in the Wonder Woman series. She also played the role of the paranormal investigator, Dr Lesh in the film Poltergeist (1982), the most widely seen role of her film career."

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                             _____|4_Henry Harrison Straight 1846-1886
    |2_Willard Dickerman Straight 1880-1918
    |                      \
    |                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Emma Dickerman 1850-1890
    |--1_Beatrice Whitney Straight 1914-2001
    |                                                                           _____|24_Steven Whitney 1784-1852
    |                                                  _____|12_Joseph Scollay Whitney 1811-1878
    |                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Mary A. Burgess 1786-1868
    |                       _____|6_William Collins Whitney 1841-1904
    |                      /                        \
    |                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Laurinda Collins 1810-1906
    |3_Dorothy Payne Whitney 1887-1968
                          \                                                     _____|28_Elisha Payne, Judge 1762-1843
                           \                           _____|14_Henry B. Payne, Sen. 1810-1896
                            \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|29_Esther Douglas 1778-1853
                             ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Flora Payne 1842-1924
                                                      \                         _____|30_Nathan Perry 1786-1865
                                                       ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Mary P. Perry 1818-1895
                                                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|31_Pauline Skinner 1794-