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Cara Williams

Highest Rated:   100% Laura (1944)
Lowest Rated:   20% The White Buffalo (1977)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet One Man Jury
  • Nancy
1978
20% 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
81% 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
73% 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 Happy Land
  • Gretchen Barry
1943

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