Cara Williams

Cara Williams

Highest Rated: 100% Laura (1944)

Lowest Rated: 17% The White Buffalo (1977)

Birthday: Jun 29, 1925

Birthplace: Not Available

The product of a broken home, Cara Williams was still a preteen when she was taken by her mother from her hometown of Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Williams' first professional acting job was supplying vocal impressions of famous movie stars for animated cartoons. At 17, Williams was signed to a 20th Century Fox contract, but few of her subsequent film roles were large enough to attract notice. Her fortunes improved when she replaced Judy Holliday in the Broadway production of Born Yesterday (1950); thereafter, her film and TV roles increased in size and prominence. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of a sex-starved farm woman in The Defiant Ones (1958). By virtue of her flaming red hair and acute comic timing, Williams was touted as "the new Lucille Ball" on the CBS sitcoms Pete and Gladys (1961) and The Cara Williams Show (1964). Her TV efforts were not particularly popular, but she had a powerful ally in the form of actor/producer Keefe Brasselle -- who was the best friend of CBS programming head James Aubrey. When Brasselle fell out of favor and Aubrey's regime toppled, Williams' stardom diminished. She went on to play character roles on-stage and in films, and was briefly a regular on the late-'70s TV series Rhoda. From 1952 through 1959, Cara Williams was the wife of actor John Barrymore Jr., by whom she had a son.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet One Man Jury Nancy 1978
17% The White Buffalo Cassie Ollinger 1977
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Maggie Gray 1971
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club Sugar Pye 1963
No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Winnipeg 1959
83% The Defiant Ones The Woman 1958
No Score Yet The Helen Morgan Story Dolly 1957
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas Kelly Donavan 1956
No Score Yet Monte Carlo Baby (Baby Beats the Band) (We Go to Monte Carlo) Marinette 1953
No Score Yet The Girl Next Door Rosie 1953
No Score Yet The Great Diamond Robbery Actor 1953
70% Knock on Any Door Nelly 1949
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty Secretary 1948
76% Boomerang! Irene Nelson 1947
No Score Yet Spider Wanda 1945
No Score Yet Something for the Boys Secretary 1944
100% Laura People 1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling Ruby Mae Sayre 1944
No Score Yet Sweet and Lowdown Blonde 1944
No Score Yet Happy Land Gretchen Barry 1943

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mona Cameron Mona Irene Rankin Marie Jensen 1960
1957
1956
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
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