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Florence Bates

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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Apr 15, 1888 In San Antonio, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Rebecca 1940-03-23
Latest Project:
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955-10-02
Known For
Poster of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Poster of I Love Lucy
Poster of Cluny Brown
Poster of The Tuttles of Tahiti
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mrs. Van Hopper (archive footage) (uncredited) 1955-10-02
Movie Paris Model Nora Sullivan 1953-11-10
Movie The San Francisco Story Sadie 1952-05-11
Movie Les Miserables Madame Bonnet 1952-08-14
Movie Lullaby of Broadway Mrs. Anna Hubbell 1951-03-26
Movie Father Takes the Air Minerva Bobbin 1951-06-17
Movie Havana Rose Mrs. Fillmore 1951-09-15
Movie The Tall Target Mrs. Charlotte Alsop 1951-08-17
Series I Love Lucy Mrs. Pettebone 1951-10-15
Movie The Second Woman Amelia Foster 1950-07-07
Movie County Fair Nora 'Ma' Ryan 1950-07-30
Movie The Girl from Jones Beach Miss Emma Shoemaker 1949-07-16
Movie A Letter to Three Wives Mrs. Manleigh 1949-01-20
Movie On the Town Madame Dilyovska 1949-12-08
Movie Winter Meeting Mme Castle 1948-04-07
Movie I Remember Mama Florence Dana Moorhead 1948-03-09
Movie River Lady Ma Dunnegan 1948-06-01
Movie The Inside Story Geraldine Atherton 1948-03-14
Movie Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven Mandy 1948-07-16
Movie My Dear Secretary Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady) 1948-11-05
Movie Portrait of Jennie Mrs. Jekes 1948-12-25
Movie The Brasher Doubloon Mrs. Murdock 1947-02-06
Movie Love and Learn Mrs. Bella Davis - Landlady 1947-05-02
Movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Mrs. Griswold 1947-09-01
Movie The Judge Steps Out Chita 1947-12-15
Movie Claudia and David Nancy Riddle 1946-02-25
Movie Whistle Stop Molly Veech 1946-01-25
Movie The Diary of a Chambermaid Rose 1946-02-15
Movie Cluny Brown Dowager at Ames's Party 1946-05-01
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl Mme. Lucia Cassel 1946-12-26
Movie Out of This World Harriet Pringle 1945-07-13
Movie Tonight and Every Night May Tolliver 1945-01-09
Movie Saratoga Trunk Sophie Bellop 1945-11-21
Movie San Antonio Henrietta 1945-12-29
Movie The Mask of Dimitrios Madame Elise Chavez 1944-06-23
Movie Kismet Karsha 1944-10-01
Movie Belle of the Yukon Viola Chase 1944-12-27
Movie Slightly Dangerous Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke 1943-04-01
Movie Mister Big Mrs. Mary Davis 1943-05-28
Movie They Got Me Covered Gypsy Woman 1943-03-04
Movie Mr. Lucky Mrs. Van Every 1943-07-01
Movie His Butler's Sister Lady Sloughberry 1943-11-26
Movie Heaven Can Wait Mrs. Edna Craig (uncredited) 1943-08-05
Movie Mexican Spitfire at Sea Mrs. Baldwin 1942-03-13
Movie We Were Dancing Mrs. Elsa Vanderlip 1942-04-30
Movie The Moon and Sixpence Tiare Johnson 1942-10-27
Movie My Heart Belongs to Daddy Mrs. Saunders 1942-11-07
Movie The Tuttles of Tahiti Emily 1942-05-01
Movie Road Show Mrs. Newton 1941-02-18
Movie The Devil and Miss Jones Store Shopper 1941-04-11
Movie The Chocolate Soldier Madame Helene 1941-11-01
Movie Strange Alibi Katie 1941-04-19
Movie Love Crazy Mrs. Cooper 1941-05-23
Movie Rebecca Edythe Van Hopper 1940-03-23
Movie Calling All Husbands Emmie Trippe 1940-09-07
Movie Kitty Foyle Customer 1940-12-27
Movie The Son of Monte Cristo Countess Mathilde Von Braun 1940-12-05