Florence Bates

Florence Bates

  • Highest Rated: 100% I Remember Mama (1948)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% They Got Me Covered (1943)
  • Birthday: Apr 15, 1888
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • American actress Florence Bates had been a moderately successful lawyer for two decades when, as a lark, she started acting at California's Pasadena Playhouse in the mid 1930s. After playing a small role in the 1937 film Man In Blue (1937), Bates was "officially" discovered by Hollywood when she was cast as vainglorious dowager Mrs. Van Hopper in Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-winning Rebecca (1940). From that point onward, Bates became one of Hollywood's favorite "society dragons," most effectively cast in comedies like Heaven Can Wait (1943), as one of Don Ameche's hell-bound old flames, and in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1948), as Danny Kaye's terrifying future mother-in-law. Her most significant "straight" part was in I Remember Mama (1948), as the forbiddingly famous author Florence Dana Morehead, whom Irene Dunne, as Mama, timidly approaches on behalf of Dunne's aspiring-writer daughter. Though in fragile health, Florence Bates entered television with the same forcefulness as she'd invaded movies, providing a welcome touch of professionalism to the otherwise atrocious early 1950s situation comedy The Hank McCune Show.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Main Street to Broadway Mrs. Bessmer in Fantasy Sequence 1953
No Score Yet Les Miserables Mme. Bonnet 1952
No Score Yet The San Francisco Story Sadie 1952
No Score Yet The Tall Target Mrs. Charlotte Alsop 1951
No Score Yet Lullaby of Broadway Mrs. Hubbell 1951
No Score Yet The Second Woman Amelia Foster 1950
93% On the Town Dilyovska 1949
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach Miss Emma Shoemaker 1949
94% A Letter to Three Wives Mrs. Manleigh 1949
No Score Yet The Judge Steps Out Chita 1949
83% Portrait of Jennie Mrs. Jekes the Landlady 1948
No Score Yet Winter Meeting Mrs. Castle 1948
100% I Remember Mama Florence Dana Moorhead 1948
No Score Yet My Dear Secretary Mrs. Reeves 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven Mandy 1948
No Score Yet Desire Me Mrs. Lannie 1947
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Mrs. Griswold 1947
No Score Yet Love and Learn Mrs. Davis 1947
No Score Yet The Brasher Doubloon Mrs. Murdock 1947
No Score Yet The Man I Love Mrs. Thorpe 1947
91% Cluny Brown Dowager 1946
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid Rose 1946
No Score Yet Whistle Stop Molly Veech 1946
No Score Yet Saratoga Trunk Mrs. Coventry Bellop 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Henrietta 1945
No Score Yet Tonight and Every Night May Tolliver 1945
91% The Southerner Rose 1945
No Score Yet Belle of the Yukon Viola 1944
No Score Yet Kismet Karsha 1944
80% Since You Went Away Hungry Woman 1944
No Score Yet The Mask of Dimitrios Mme. Chavez 1944
No Score Yet The Racket Man Actor 1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister Lady Sloughberry 1943
85% Heaven Can Wait Mrs. Craig 1943
No Score Yet Mister Big Mrs. Davis 1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Mrs. Roanoke-Brooke 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Gypsy Woman 1943
100% Mr. Lucky Mrs. Van Every 1943
No Score Yet The Tuttles of Tahiti Emily Taio 1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire at Sea Mrs. Baldwin 1942
No Score Yet Kathleen Mr. Schoner's Customer 1942
No Score Yet The Moon and Sixpence Tiara Johnson 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Mrs. Vanderlip 1942
No Score Yet The Chocolate Soldier Madame 'Pugsie' Helene 1941
100% Love Crazy Mrs. Cooper 1941
100% The Devil and Miss Jones Customer 1941
No Score Yet Road Show Mrs. Newton 1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Duchess (scenes deleted) 1941
No Score Yet Son of Monte Cristo Mathilde 1941
80% Kitty Foyle Customer 1940
100% Rebecca Mrs. Van Hopper 1940
No Score Yet My Heart Belongs To Daddy Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
1952-1966
Mrs. Howard
  • 1953
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Mrs. Pettibone
  • 1952

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