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Florence Bates



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
96% 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
91% 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 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
75% Since You Went Away
  • Hungry Woman
1944
No Score Yet The Mask of Dimitrios
  • Mme. Chavez
1944
No Score Yet His Butler's Sister
  • Lady Sloughberry
1943
91% 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
75% Kitty Foyle
  • Customer
1940
100% Rebecca
  • Mrs. Van Hopper
1940
No Score Yet My Heart Belongs To Daddy
  • Actor

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