Bess Flowers

Bess Flowers

Highest Rated: 100% Rear Window (1954)

Lowest Rated: 20% Anthony Adverse (1936)

Birthday: Nov 23, 1898

Birthplace: Not Available

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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Good Neighbor Sam Mrs. Burke 1964
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Woman 1963
96% The Manchurian Candidate Gomel's Lady Counterpart 1962
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel Attendee at Preview 1959
81% Imitation of Life Geraldine Moore 1959
No Score Yet Too Much, Too Soon Guest 1958
80% Pal Joey Bit 1957
89% Autumn Leaves Concert Attendee 1956
98% 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
45% 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
92% Royal Wedding Woman Guest 1951
No Score Yet The Mating Season Friend at Wedding 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
55% 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
60% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet Diamond Horseshoe Duchess of Duke 1945
91% The Woman in the Window Bar Extra 1944
97% Double Indemnity Norton's Secretary 1944
33% The Mummy's Ghost Mapleton Woman 1944
57% Mr. Skeffington Mrs. Thatcher 1944
No Score Yet What a Woman! Dawson 1943
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 The Mad Doctor of Market Street Ship Passenger 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
94% Penny Serenade Mother 1941
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy Secretary 1941
91% Meet John Doe Newspaper Secretary 1941
33% The Two-Faced Woman Receptionist 1941
No Score Yet Married Bachelor Salesgirl 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 Hotel for Women Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Shining Hour Nurse 1938
No Score Yet That Certain Age Guest 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Martin's Neighbor in Courtroom (uncredited) 1938
100% Holiday Dorothy's Party Guest 1938
No Score Yet Penitentiary Woman 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law Secretary 1938
93% The Awful Truth Viola Heath 1937
86% 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
No Score Yet Green Light Actor 1937
97% My Man Godfrey Guest 1936
100% Swing Time Actor 1936
No Score Yet The Golden Arrow Miss Hackett 1936
90% Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Minor Role 1936
20% Anthony Adverse Nun 1936
No Score Yet Yours for the Asking Woman 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 Oil for the Lamps of China Secretary 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
100% 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


No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Theater Patron 1957
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
Mrs. Hadley 1941


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