Jo Van Fleet

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Birthday: Dec 30, 1914
Birthplace: Not Available
A product of New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, Jo Van Fleet launched her career in 1944, specializing in playing women far older than herself. On the strength of her work in the 1954 Broadway play A Trip to Bountiful, she was cast as the slatternly mother of James Dean in the film version of Steinbeck's East of Eden, winning an Academy Award for her performance. Her later screen assignments included the role of an octogenarian in Elia Kazan's Wild River (1960) and the part of Paul Newman's dying mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967). Jo Van Fleet's TV resumé included three appearances on Alfred Hitchcock's anthology series and a virtuoso turn as the title character's wicked stepmother in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965). Van Fleet passed away in New York's Jamaica Hospital on June 10, 1996; she was 76.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Seize the Day Mrs. Einhorn 1986
90% The Tenant Madame Dioz 1976
No Score Yet Paradise Lost Actor 1974
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls Mrs. Jessica Williams 1973
No Score Yet The Family Rico Mama Rico 1972
0% The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Big Momma 1971
14% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Mother 1968
100% Cool Hand Luke Arletta 1967
No Score Yet Cinderella Stepmother 1965
100% Wild River Ella Garth 1960
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Kate Fisher 1957
No Score Yet The King and Four Queens Ma MacDade 1956
No Score Yet I'll Cry Tomorrow Katie Roth 1955
80% The Rose Tattoo Bessie 1955
86% East of Eden Kate 1955


No Score Yet Bonanza
Widow Teacher
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Amelia Bronston
  • 1969
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Molly Mrs. Shrike Anna
  • 1961
  • 1957
  • 1956