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Bess Flowers

Bess Flowers

  • Born on
    • November 23rd, 1898
  • Died on
    • July 28th, 1984
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Bess Flowers (November 23, 1898 – July 28, 1984) was an American actress. By some counts considered the most prolific actress in the history of Hollywood, she was known as "The Queen of the Hollywood Extras," appearing in over 700 movies in her 41 year career. Born in Sherman, Texas, Flowers's film debut came in 1923, when she appeared in Hollywood. She made three films that year, and then began working extensively. Many of her appearances are uncredited, as she generally played non-speaking roles. By the 1930s, Flowers was in constant demand. Her appearances ranged from Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford thrillers to comedic roles alongside of Charley Chase, the Three Stooges, Leon Errol, Edgar Kennedy, and Laurel and Hardy. She appeared in the following five films which won the Academy Award for Best Picture: It Happened One Night, You Can't Take it with You, All About Eve, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Around the World in Eighty Days. In each of these movies, Flowers was uncredited. Including these five movies, she had appeared in twenty-three Best Picture nominees in total, making her the record holder for most appearances in films nominated for the award. Her last movie was Good Neighbor Sam in 1964. Flowers's acting career was not confined to feature films. She was also seen in many episodic American TV series, such as I Love Lucy, notably in episodes, "Lucy Is Enceinte" (1952), "Ethel's Birthday" (1955), and "Lucy's Night in Town" (1957), where she is usually seen as a theatre patron. Outside her acting career, in 1945, Bess Flowers helped to found the Screen Extras Guild (active: 1946-1992, then merged with SAG), where she served as one of its first vice-presidents and recording secretaries.

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Filmography

Acting (322 Credits)

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1964The Carpetbaggers as Wedding Guest
1964Good Neighbor Sam as Mrs. Burke (uncredited)
1963Who's Minding the Store? as Shopper, Gourmet Department
1963Move Over, Darling as Seymour's Wife (uncredited)
1963The Prize as Lady In Audience (uncredited)
1963Palm Springs Weekend as Woman in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
1963The Thrill of It All as Party Guest (uncredited)
1962Sweet Bird of Youth as Spectator at political rally
1962The Notorious Landlady as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
1962Zotz! as Party Guest
1962The Manchurian Candidate as Woman in Dream Sequence
196240 Pounds of Trouble as Casino Patron
1961Babes in Toyland as Villager
1961All in a Night's Work as Fur Salon Customer
1961The Honeymoon Machine as Bar Patron (uncredited)
1961Return to Peyton Place as Woman at Town Meeting
1961Parrish as Party Guest
1961Blue Hawaii as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1961The Absent Minded Professor as Wedding guest
1961Judgment at Nuremberg as Concert Attendee (uncredited)
1961Pocketful of Miracles as Pedestrian Entering Club (uncredited)
1960Seven Thieves as Lady at Casino Party
1960Where the Boys Are as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1960The Facts of Life as Lady At Airport (uncredited)
1960Home from the Hill as Guest at backyard party (uncredited)
1960Song Without End as (Uncredited)
1960Please Don't Eat the Daisies as Lady in Elevator (uncredited)
1960G.I. Blues as Cafe Europa patron (uncredited)
1960All the Fine Young Cannibals as Night Club Patron (uncredited)
1959Beloved Infidel as Lady at studio screening
1959It Started with a Kiss as Party guest
1959Blue Denim as Chaperon at Dance (uncredited)
1959The Wild and the Innocent as Snooty Woman at Dance
1959Imitation of Life as Geraldine Moore
1959North by Northwest as Plaza Hotel lounge patron (uncredited)
1958The Fly as Lady at the Ballet (uncredited)
1958Vertigo as Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
1958Merry Andrew as Wedding Guest
1958Houseboat as Wedding Guest
1958Too Much, Too Soon as Party Guest
1958Teacher's Pet as Patron at Bongo Club
1958Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! as Town Meeting Spectator
1958The Buccaneer as Party Guest
1958I Married a Monster from Outer Space as Wedding Guest (uncredited)
1957Sweet Smell of Success as Patron at '21'
1957The Tarnished Angels as Newspaper Office Clerk (uncredited)
1957Witness for the Prosecution as Courtroom spectator (uncredited)
1957Funny Face as Fashion Show Spectator
1957My Man Godfrey as Party Guest
1957This Could Be the Night as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1957The Helen Morgan Story as Woman at boat dock
1957Designing Woman as Fashion Show Guest (uncredited)
1956Nightfall as Woman at Fashion Show
1956Anything Goes as Ship Passenger
1956The Eddy Duchin Story as Party Guest at Central Park Casino (uncredited)
1956Forever, Darling as Wedding Guest
1956The First Traveling Saleslady as Restaurant Patron
1956These Wilder Years as Lounge Patron
1956The She-Creature as Party Guest
1956Written on the Wind as Restaurant Patron
1956Serenade as Opera Attendee (uncredited)
1956Meet Me in Las Vegas as Roulette Player (uncredited)
1956Giant as Guest at Jeff Rink's Banquet
1956The Opposite Sex as Anniversary Party Guest
1956Around the World in 80 Days as Extra (uncredited)
1955Three for the Show as Theatre patron in loge
1955To Catch a Thief as Masquerade Party Guest
1955Interrupted Melody as Party Guest (uncredited)
1955Strategic Air Command as Party guest
1955Artists and Models as Stork Club Patron
1955I'll Cry Tomorrow as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1955Illegal as Diner at Bar of Justice Restaurant
1955Guys and Dolls as Nightclub patron (uncredited)
1954Dangerous Mission as Guest at Lodge Party (uncredited)
1954A Star Is Born as Academy Awards Attendee (uncredited)
1954Dial M for Murder as Woman Exiting Ship (uncredited)
1954White Christmas as Club Patron (uncredited)
1954Désirée as Attendant Holding Baby at Palace Ball
1954Living It Up as Patron at Wonderland Ballroom (uncredited)
1954Rear Window as Songwriter's Party Guest with Poodle (uncredited)
1954Casanova's Big Night as Marquesa
1954The Caine Mutiny as Nightclub patron (uncredited)
1953Calamity Jane as Officer's Wife in Reception Line (uncredited)
1953The Bigamist as Bus passenger
1953Forever Female as Patron at Restaurant (uncredited)
1953The Band Wagon as Train Passenger (uncredited)
1953The Story of Three Loves as Woman in hotel bar
1953Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1953Angel Face as Shirley - Barrett's Secretary (uncredited)
1953Scared Stiff as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1953Call Me Madam as Lady Seated Behind Duchess
1953The Robe as Spectator at Caligula's court (uncredited)
1953A Blueprint for Murder as Maggie's Friend at Club (Uncredited)
1953The French Line as Farellie saleslady (uncredited)
1953The Caddy as Guest at country club (uncredited)
1953Small Town Girl as Sitting Party Guest
1952Sudden Fear as Party Guest (uncredited)
1952Singin' in the Rain as Audience Member
1952She's Working Her Way Through College as Lady in Audience
1952Dreamboat as Woman Exiting Hotel
1952Above and Beyond as Wife at Washington D.C. Airport (uncredited)
1952The Narrow Margin as Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
1952Deadline - U.S.A. as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1952Don't Bother to Knock as Woman at Awards Dinner (uncredited)
1952The Bad and the Beautiful as Party Guest
1952The Greatest Show on Earth as Spectator (uncredited)
1951Royal Wedding as Backstage guest (uncredited)
1951Lullaby of Broadway as Ship Passenger (uncredited)
1951Show Boat as Racetrack spectator (uncredited)
1951I Can Get It for You Wholesale as Saleswoman / Dinner Guest (uncredited)
1951Payment on Demand as Restaurant Birthday Party Attendee (uncredited)
1951People Will Talk as Concertgoer (uncredited)
1951Home Town Story as Patron at Barbecue Room (uncredited)
1951Operation Pacific as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1951The Great Caruso as Front Row Audience Member at 'Lucia di Lammermoor' (uncredited)
1951No Questions Asked as Woman in Theatre Powder Room
1951The Mating Season as Party Guest (uncredited)
1951A Place in the Sun as Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
1951Here Comes the Groom as Woman Exiting Emmadel's Home
1951The Day the Earth Stood Still as Lady Outside Jewelry Store
1950Born to Be Bad as Mrs. Worthington
1950The Damned Don't Cry as Restaurant Patron
1950My Blue Heaven as Party Guest (uncredited)
1950Nancy Goes to Rio as Party Guest (uncredited)
1950To Please a Lady as Racetrack Spectator
1950The Second Woman as Fiesta Guest
1950A Life of Her Own as Cocktail Lounge Patron (uncredited)
1950No Man of Her Own as Woman at Country Club Dance (uncredited)
1950In a Lonely Place as Restaurant Patron
1950Edge of Doom as Flower Shop Customer (uncredited)
1950Let's Dance as Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)
1950Walk Softly, Stranger as New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)
1950All About Eve as Woman at Awards Ceremony
1950Champagne for Caesar as Backstage Woman at Hollywood Bowl
1950Father of the Bride as Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
1949Beyond the Forest as Secretary
1949Neptune's Daughter as Woman at Swim Suit Show (uncredited)
1949Mighty Joe Young as Nightclub patron (uncredited)
1949My Friend Irma as Gypsy Tea Room Diner (uncredited)
1949The File on Thelma Jordon as Dinner Party Guest (Uncredited)
1949The Accused as Court Deputy (uncredited)
1949Alias Nick Beal as Woman at Press Conference
1949It's a Great Feeling as Studio Party Guest (uncredited)
1948Every Girl Should Be Married as Pierre's Restaurant Patron
1948One Touch of Venus as Department Store Shopper
1948Winter Meeting as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1948My Dear Secretary as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1948To the Ends of the Earth as Ship's passenger
1948Parole, Inc. as Mary - Nurse
1948The Noose Hangs High as Fainting Psychiatrist's Patient (uncredited)
1948Sleep, My Love as Miss Miller
1948The Big Clock as Woman in Conference Room (uncredited)
1948The Velvet Touch as Party Guest (uncredited)
1948Romance on the High Seas as Ship Passenger (uncredited)
1947The Fabulous Dorseys as Audience Lady (uncredited)
1947Song of the Thin Man as Jessica Thayar
1947Dead Reckoning as Nightclub Guest
1947The Unsuspected as Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
1947Nora Prentiss as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1947The Farmer's Daughter as Party Guest (uncredited)
1947I Walk Alone as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1947The Perils of Pauline as Reporter at Reception (uncredited)
1947The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1947Magic Town as Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
1947Ivy as Set Rehearsal
1947The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Illustrator (uncredited)
1946The Dark Mirror as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1946A Stolen Life as Department Store Shopper (uncredited)
1946Gilda as Gambler at Roulette Table
1946The Jolson Story as Woman in Audience/Nightclub Patron
1946The Chase as Woman sitting at bar at Florida Club
1946Heartbeat as Ball Guest
1946My Reputation as Guest at Van Ormans' New Year's Eve Party / Party Guest (uncredited)
1946The Kid from Brooklyn as Fight Spectator
1946Humoresque as Party Guest / Concert Attendee (uncredited)
1946The Razor's Edge as Country Club Party Guest
1946The Big Sleep as Woman with Bumped Man
1946Till the Clouds Roll by as Backstage Well-Wisher (uncredited)
1946The Blue Dahlia as Coctail Party Guest (uncredited)
1946Undercurrent as Julia Donnegan (uncredited)
1946Notorious as Party Guest
1946Two Sisters from Boston as Opera Singer (uncredited)
1945Conflict as Guest at Rainbow Lodge (uncredited)
1945Zombies on Broadway as Nightclub Patron
1945The Woman in Green as Bar Patron (seen in mirror) (uncredited)
1945Adventure as Hat Shop Clerk (uncredited)
1945Wonder Man as Pelican Club Extra / Opera Patron (uncredited)
1945Over 21 as Woman in Gow's Outer Office (uncredited)
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as Guest at Starlight Roof (uncredited)
1945Mildred Pierce as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1944The Heavenly Body as Audience member at violin concert
1944Pin Up Girl as Patron at Club Diplomacy
1944Together Again as Woman with Man in Leonardo's (uncredited)
1944Double Indemnity as Norton's Secretary
1944Mr. Skeffington as Mrs. Thatcher
1944Laura as Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
1944The Mummy's Ghost as Townswoman (uncredited)
1944In Society as Party Guest (uncredited)
1944The Woman in the Window as Bar Patron (uncredited)
1944Hollywood Canteen as Hostess (uncredited)
1943Immortal Sergeant as Nightclub patron
1943Hi Diddle Diddle as Wedding Guest
1943Flesh and Fantasy as Circus Spectator (uncredited)
1943Girls in Chains as Courtroom Spectator
1943Holy Matrimony as Mourner (uncredited)
1943Old Acquaintance as Club Patron (uncredited)
1943The Mad Ghoul as Woman in Audience (uncredited)
1943Best Foot Forward as Prom Guest
1943Heaven Can Wait as Party Guest (uncredited)
1943Idaho as Churchgoer / Dance Partner (uncredited)
1943The Constant Nymph as Party Guest
1942My Gal Sal as Lady Dancing at Party
1942Springtime in the Rockies as Mrs. Jeepers (uncredited)
1942Pittsburgh as Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
1942Take a Letter, Darling as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1942The Male Animal as Football Spectator (uncredited)
1942The Glass Key as Dinner Party Guest (uncredited)
1942Now, Voyager as Concert Audience Member (uncredited)
1942Ship Ahoy as Nightclub Patron
1942Larceny, Inc as Pedestrian On Sidewalk (uncredited)
1942I Married a Witch as Matron of Honor (uncredited)
1942Meet the Stewarts as Restaurant Patron (Uncredited)
1942The Man Who Came to Dinner as Fan at Train Station (uncredited)
1942The Palm Beach Story as Gerry's Maid of Honor/Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
1942The Major and the Minor as Ball Guest (uncredited)
1942The Big Street as Nightclub Patron (Uncredited)
1941That Uncertain Feeling as une femme aux toilettes
1941Lady Be Good as Banquet Guest at Max's Table (uncredited)
1941That Night in Rio as Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
1941It Started with Eve as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1941The Lady Eve as Party Guest (uncredited)
1941Tom, Dick and Harry as Banquet Guest (uncredited)
1941The Devil and Miss Jones as Saleslady (uncredited)
1941Meet John Doe as Mattie (uncredited)
1941I Wake Up Screaming as Lady Handel's party guest (uncredited)
1941Hellzapoppin' as Audience Extra (uncredited)
1941Honky Tonk as Governor's Wife
1941Ziegfeld Girl as Palm Beach Casino Patron (Uncredited)
1940Arise, My Love as Dance Extra at Maxim's (Uncredited)
1940You'll Find Out as Lady In Taxi (uncredited)
1940Broadway Melody of 1940 as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1940No Time for Comedy as First-Nighter (uncredited)
1940Angels Over Broadway as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1940It All Came True as Lady in Audience (uncredited)
1940They Drive by Night as Party Guest (uncredited)
1940'Til We Meet Again as Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
1940Boom Town as Worker in McMasters' Office (uncredited)
1940I Love You Again as Woman in Lingerie Department (uncredited)
1940Dance, Girl, Dance as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1940Johnny Apollo as Peterson's Secretary (uncredited)
1939Love Affair as Woman in Couple on Deck (uncredited)
1939Zenobia as Wedding Guest
1939Day-Time Wife as Nightclub Patron
1939Honolulu as Grayson's Party Guest (uncredited)
1939Fifth Avenue Girl as Mr. Pape's Date (uncredited)
1939Eternally Yours as Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
1939Ninotchka as Gossip (uncredited)
1939Midnight as Flammarions' Party Guest / Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
1939First Love as Ball Guest
1939Rose of Washington Square as Dinner Guest (uncredited)
1939The Roaring Twenties as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1938The Great Waltz as (uncredited)
1938Topper Takes a Trip as Lady in Casino
1938The Shining Hour as Nurse (uncredited)
1938Young Dr. Kildare as Nurse
1938In Old Chicago as Woman with Colby (uncredited)
1938The Mad Miss Manton as Guest at Charity Ball (uncredited)
1938You Can't Take It with You as Martin's Neighbor in Courtroom
1937One Hundred Men and a Girl as Party Guest at Mrs. Frost's
1937A Day at the Races as Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
1937Stolen Holiday as Fashion Show Attendee (uncredited)
1937The Awful Truth as Viola Heath (uncredited)
1937Nothing Sacred as Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
1937On the Avenue as Marie - Mimi's Maid (uncredited)
1937The Last of Mrs. Cheyney as Guest at auction (uncredited)
1937Smart Blonde as Nurse (uncredited)
1937Topper as Patron at Rainbow Club (uncredited)
1937Ever Since Eve as Dance Extra (uncredited)
1936My Man Godfrey as Mrs. Merriweather (uncredited)
1936Adventure in Manhattan as Miss Arnold - Beauty Salon Attendant (uncredited)
1936Love Before Breakfast as Extra as Diner at Dubin's (uncredited)
1936Wife vs. Secretary as Party Guest (uncredited)
1936The Golden Arrow as Miss Hackett (uncredited)
1936Anthony Adverse as Nun
1936Craig's Wife as Nightclub Patron (Uncredited)
1936Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Minor Role (uncredited)
1936The Prisoner of Shark Island as Woman Sitting Behind Lincoln in Theatre Box (uncredited)
1936Theodora Goes Wild as Guest at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
1936Dodsworth as Ship Passenger (Uncredited)
1935Thicker Than Water as Nurse (uncredited)
1935The Woman in Red as Spectator at Horse Show
1935Curly Top as Guest at Charity Bazaar
1935The Whole Town's Talking as Miss Gower (uncredited)
1935Star of Midnight as Mary Smith (uncredited)
1935After Office Hours as Riverview Club Patron (uncredited)
1935A Night at the Opera as Ship Passenger (uncredited)
1935Les Misérables as Trial Spectator (uncredited)
1935Goin' to Town as Nightclub Extra
1935If You Could Only Cook as Laura (uncredited)
1934The Richest Girl in the World as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1934Hollywood Party as Party Guest (uncredited)
1934It Happened One Night as Gordon's Secretary Agnes
1934Kid Millions as Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
1933Ever in My Heart as Singing Party Guest (uncredited)
1933Hard to Handle as Merrill's Secretary (uncredited)
1932Man Wanted as Fred's Party Guest
1932The Half-Naked Truth as Miss Flowers - Bates' Secretary (uncredited)
1932Shopworn as Banquet Party Guest (uncredited)
1932One Hour with You as Party Guest
1932If I Had a Million as China Store Customer (uncredited)
1932Blonde Venus as Minor Role (uncredited)
1932The Phantom of Crestwood as Priam's Secretary (uncredited)
1931Dirigible as Party Guest (uncredited)
1931A Free Soul as Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
1931Possessed as Party Guest (uncredited)
1931Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) as Dinner Guest (uncredited)
1931Monkey Business as Indian's Wife at Party
1931Ten Cents a Dance as Bridge Player
1929Their Own Desire as Miriam - Polo Player/Snooty Dinner Guest
1929Untamed as Manicurist
1928We Faw Down as Mrs. Laurel
1923A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate as Mannequin (uncredited)

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