Florence Bates

Florence Bates

  • Born on
    • April 15th, 1888
  • Died on
    • January 31st, 1954
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Florence Bates (born Florence Rabe, April 15, 1888 – January 31, 1954) was an American film and stage character actress who often played grande dame characters in supporting roles. Her path to becoming an actress had many turns. She had a degree in Mathematics, taught school until married, then became the first Texas female lawyer. Then she became a bilingual radio commentator. After her husband lost her fortune, she and her husband opened a bakery in Los Angeles. In the mid-1930s, Bates auditioned for and won the role of Miss Bates in a Pasadena Playhouse adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. When she decided to continue working with the theatre group, she changed her professional name to that of the first character she played on stage. In 1939, she was introduced to Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her first major screen role, the vain dowager Mrs. Van Hopper, in Rebecca (1940). Bates appeared in more than sixty films over the course of the next thirteen years. Among her cinema credits are Kitty Foyle, Love Crazy, The Moon and Sixpence, Mr. Lucky, Heaven Can Wait, Lullaby of Broadway, Mister Big, Since You Went Away, Kismet, Saratoga Trunk, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Winter Meeting, I Remember Mama, Portrait of Jennie, A Letter to Three Wives, On the Town, and Les Misérables. In television, Bates had a regular role on The Hank McCune Show and made guest appearances on I Love Lucy, My Little Margie, I Married Joan and Our Miss Brooks.

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Acting (31 Credits)

1952Les Miserables as Madame Bonnet
1951Lullaby of Broadway as Mrs. Anna Hubbell
1951The Tall Target as Mrs. Charlotte Alsop
1950The Second Woman as Amelia Foster
1949On the Town as Madame Dilyovska
1949The Girl from Jones Beach as Miss Emma Shoemaker
1949A Letter to Three Wives as Mrs. Manleigh
1948Winter Meeting as Mrs. Castle
1948My Dear Secretary as Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady)
1948Portrait of Jennie as Mrs. Jekes
1948I Remember Mama as Florence Dana Moorhead
1947The Brasher Doubloon as Mrs. Murdock
1947The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Mrs. Griswold
1946The Diary of a Chambermaid as Rose
1946Whistle Stop as Molly Veech
1946Cluny Brown as Dowager at Ames's Party
1945San Antonio as Henrietta
1945Saratoga Trunk as Sophie Bellop
1945Tonight and Every Night as May Tolliver
1944The Mask of Dimitrios as Madame Elise Chavez
1944Kismet as Karsha
1943Slightly Dangerous as Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke
1943They Got Me Covered as Gypsy Woman
1943Mr. Lucky as Mrs. Van Every
1943Heaven Can Wait as Mrs. Edna Craig (uncredited)
1942The Moon and Sixpence as Tiare Johnson
1941Love Crazy as Mrs. Cooper
1941The Devil and Miss Jones as Store Shopper
1940The Son of Monte Cristo as Countess Mathilde Von Braun
1940Rebecca as Edythe Van Hopper
1940Kitty Foyle as Customer


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