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Bess Flowers



The faces of most movie extras are unmemorable blurs in the public's memory. Not so the elegant, statuesque Bess Flowers, who was crowned by appreciative film buffs as "Queen of the Hollywood Dress Extras." After studying drama (against her father's wishes) at the Carnegie Inst of Technology, Flowers intended to head to New York, but at the last moment opted for Hollywood. She made her first film in 1922, subsequently appearing prominently in such productions as Hollywood (1922) and Chaplin's Woman of Paris (1923). Too tall for most leading men, Flowers found her true niche as a supporting actress. By the time talkies came around, Flowers was mostly playing bits in features, though her roles were more sizeable in two-reel comedies; she was a special favorite of popular short-subject star Charley Chase. Major directors like Frank Lloyd always found work for Flowers because of her elegant bearing and her luminescent gift for making the people around her look good. While generally an extra, Flowers enjoyed substantial roles in such films as Frank Capra's It Happened One Night (1934), Gregory La Cava's Private Worlds and Leo McCarey's The Awful Truth (1937). In 1947's Song of the Thin Man, the usually unheralded Flowers was afforded screen billing. Her fans particularly cherish Flowers' bit as a well-wisher in All About Eve (1950), in which she breaks her customary screen silence to utter "I'm so happy for you, Eve." Flowers was married twice, first to Cecil B. DeMille's legendary "right hand man" Cullen Tate, then to Columbia studio manager William S. Holman. After her retirement, Bess Flowers made one last on-camera appearance in 1974 when she was interviewed by NBC's Tom Snyder.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Good Neighbor Sam
  • Mrs. Burke
1964
No Score Yet Move Over Darling
  • Woman
1963
98% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Gomel's Lady Counterpart
1962
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel
  • Attendee at Preview
1959
84% Imitation of Life
  • Geraldine Moore
1959
No Score Yet Too Much, Too Soon
  • Guest
1958
75% Pal Joey
  • Bit
1957
88% Autumn Leaves
  • Concert Attendee
1956
96% A Star Is Born
  • Academy Awards Ceremony Attendee
1954
100% Rear Window
  • Woman with Poodle
1954
No Score Yet The French Line
  • Saleslady
1954
100% The Band Wagon
  • Lady on Train
1953
96% The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Joe's Friend at Party
1953
No Score Yet 3 Sailors And A Girl
  • Indignant Patron
1953
80% Angel Face
  • Barrett's Secretary
1952
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway
  • Nightclub Extra
1952
No Score Yet Young Man with Ideas
  • Party Guest
1952
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Spectator
1952
No Score Yet Just for You
  • Woman
1952
No Score Yet The Unknown Man
  • Guest
1951
No Score Yet I Can Get it For You Wholesale
  • Saleswoman
1951
No Score Yet Lullaby of Broadway
  • Passenger on Ship
1951
91% Royal Wedding
  • Woman Guest
1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival
  • Person in Lobby
1951
No Score Yet Let's Dance
  • Guest
1950
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad
  • Mrs. Worthington
1950
No Score Yet Nancy Goes to Rio
  • Party Guest
1950
100% All About Eve
  • Well-Wisher
1950
No Score Yet Dear Wife
  • Mrs. Grindle
1949
No Score Yet The Woman on Pier 13 (I Married a Communist)
  • Secretary
1949
60% The Barkleys of Broadway
  • Guest in Theater Lobby
1949
No Score Yet Father Was a Fullback
  • Woman
1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge
  • Party Guest
1948
No Score Yet Good Sam
  • Parent
1948
No Score Yet Dream Girl
  • Social secretary
1948
No Score Yet The Velvet Touch
  • Woman at Party
1948
No Score Yet The Noose Hangs High
  • Patient
1948
100% The Big Clock
  • Stylist in Conference Room
1948
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane
  • Mary Ann Milligan
1947
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Illustrator
1947
No Score Yet The Perils of Pauline
  • Reporter
1947
No Score Yet Ivy
  • Set Rehearsal
1947
No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter
  • Woman
1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman
  • Inquisitive Party Guest
1947
80% Song of the Thin Man
  • Jessica Thayar
1947
No Score Yet Undercurrent
  • Guest
1946
No Score Yet Deception
  • Wedding Guest
1946
83% The Razor's Edge
  • Matron
1946
No Score Yet Adventure
  • Modiste
1945
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf
  • Guest
1945
95% The Woman in the Window
  • Bar Extra
1944
96% Double Indemnity
  • Norton's Secretary
1944
33% The Mummy's Ghost
  • Mapleton Woman
1944
50% Mr. Skeffington
  • Mrs. Thatcher
1944
No Score Yet Girl Crazy
  • Committee Woman
1943
No Score Yet Dangerous Blondes
  • Madge Lawrence
1943
No Score Yet The Mad Ghoul
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Pittsburgh
  • Woman
1942
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies
  • Mrs. Jeepers
1942
No Score Yet Thunder Birds
  • Nurse
1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Elephant
  • Diner
1942
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town
  • Mortician's Wife
1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl
  • Palm Beach Casino Patron
1941
No Score Yet The Flame of New Orleans
  • Woman Guest
1941
93% Penny Serenade
  • Mother
1941
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy
  • Secretary
1941
89% Meet John Doe
  • Newspaper Secretary
1941
25% The Two-Faced Woman
  • Receptionist
1941
No Score Yet The Boys from Syracuse
  • Woman
1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again
  • Passenger
1940
No Score Yet Johnny Apollo
  • Secretary
1940
97% Ninotchka
  • Gossip
1939
No Score Yet Fifth Avenue Girl
  • Woman in Nightclub
1939
No Score Yet Sergeant Madden
  • Reception Nurse
1939
86% Love Affair
  • Woman in Couple on Deck (uncredited)
1939
No Score Yet The Shining Hour
  • Nurse
1938
No Score Yet That Certain Age
  • Guest
1938
91% You Can't Take It With You
  • Martin's Neighbor in Courtroom (uncredited)
1938
100% Holiday
  • Dorothy's Party Guest
1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law
  • Secretary
1938
91% The Awful Truth
  • Viola Heath
1937
83% 100 Men and a Girl
  • Party Guest
1937
No Score Yet The Last Train from Madrid
  • Saleswoman
1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl
  • Radway's Secretary
1937
No Score Yet Ever Since Eve
  • Dance Extra
1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love
  • Actor
1937
100% My Man Godfrey
  • Guest
1936
100% Swing Time
  • Actor
1936
No Score Yet The Golden Arrow
  • Miss Hackett
1936
89% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
  • Minor Role
1936
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Nun
1936
No Score Yet One in a Million
  • Woman in Box
1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table
  • Diner
1935
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer)
  • Woman
1935
No Score Yet The Irish in Us
  • Lady in Ring
1935
No Score Yet The Girl from 10th Avenue
  • Woman Guest
1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking
  • Secretary
1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss
  • Woman
1935
No Score Yet Broadway Bill
  • Secretary
1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party
  • Opening Scenes Dress Extra
1934
No Score Yet Change of Heart
  • Party Guest
1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer
  • Stenographer
1934
No Score Yet I've Got Your Number
  • Miss Banks
1934
98% It Happened One Night
  • Secretary
1934
No Score Yet Hard to Handle
  • Merrill's secretary
1933
100% One Hour With You
  • Party Extra
1932
No Score Yet Sinister Hands
  • Mary Browne
1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million
  • Customer
1932
No Score Yet A Free Soul
  • Birthday Party Guest
1931
No Score Yet Strangers May Kiss
  • Dining Extra
1931
No Score Yet Ten Cents a Dance
  • Bridge Player
1931
No Score Yet Bachelor Apartment
  • Charlotte
1931
No Score Yet We Faw Down We Slip Up
  • Mrs. Laurel
1928
No Score Yet Linda
  • Annette Whittmore
1928
No Score Yet Irene
  • Jane Gilmour
1926

Quotes from Bess Flowers' Characters