Fanny Minafer is a supporting character in the 1942 Orson Welles film The Magnificent Ambersons. She's the paternal aunt of George Minafer as well the Amberson-Minafer family spinster.
She was portrayed by Agnes Moorehead.
Why She Rocks
- While the central cast in general is phenomenal in the film, Moorehead's performance really stands out as memorable even for the film's standards and she pretty much steals the show whenever she's onscreen. So much so, she was even nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar award.
- As she was somewhere in her 40s and had never gotten married, she was forced to become Minafers' closest houseworker and constantly has to be under pressure and depression. She had developed a crush on Eugene, hoping to marry him, but she's also constantly tormented by Jack and George who don't trust Eugene's habits and think he's just out to impress her.
- But on the topic of being a worker, she had shown to be strong and talented with looking after the house, as well as an excellent cook.
- She brings in some of the movie's most humorous moments, with the occasional hysterical outbursts and overacting.
- Despite being very stern, strict and fairly pessimistic, she definitely has an emotional side to her. For example, she's naturally the member of her family who took Wilbur Amberson's death the hardest as he was literally her brother. After that day, she constantly self-pitied herself and felt pretty lonely ever since.
- Unlike her sister-in-law Isabel, Fanny isn't afraid to scold George for his rudeness and mistreatment of others. And yet she definitely cares about George's well-being and future and provides for him when needed, despite having to deal with being picked on. Overall, she does a better job look over George than Isabel herself.