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      Herta Ware

      Highest Rated: 76% Cocoon (1985)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jun 9, 1917

      Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, USA

      Character actress of stage, screen and TV, who suffered through the blacklisting of the 50s alongside husband Will Geer (later Grandpa Walton on "The Waltons") and returned to frequent film and TV roles in the mid-80s, particularly after her performance as Rose Lefkowitz, the senile wife of Jack Gilford who dies in "Cocoon" (1985). Even before her mature on-camera roles of recent years, Herta Ware was known to theatre audiences for her work as member of Eva LaGallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre in the 1930s, as well as for her roles on Broadway and on stage in Los Angeles, where she co-founded, with Geer, the Theatricum Botanicum in the Topanga section of the city. Among her many stage roles were the mother in "Ah! Wilderness," and, on Broadway, "Journeyman" and "Bury the Dead." After a long sojourn, she was seen in a bit part -- as the old lady on the bus -- in "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hype" in 1980, and in a small role in "2010" in 1984 before "Cocoon" returned her to prominence on casting lists. She was also in "Cocoon: The Return," again as Rose, as well playing Nana in "Critters 2: The Main Course" (1988), and Chuck Norris' mother in "Top Dog" (1995). On TV, Ware was the sympathetic Mrs. Hartounian in "Who Hears A Child's Cry?" (1986), and was Dorothy Hendricks, a older passenger whose plane runs awry in "Miracle Landing" (1990), both TV movies. She appeared in the miniseries "Crossings," and was mother to Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a memorable episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which aired in 1988. More recently, she appeared with Tracey Ullman in the latter's HBO series "Tracey Takes On..." (1996).

      Highest rated movies

      Cocoon poster
      Cocoon
      Promised Land poster
      Promised Land
      Critters 2: The Main Course poster
      Critters 2: The Main Course
      Held Up poster
      Held Up
      Slamdance poster
      Slamdance
      Top Dog poster
      Top Dog

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      17% 42% Held Up Alice (Character) $4.7M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate but Not Serious Grammy (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet St. Patrick's Day Aunt Delia (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 38% Alien Nation: Millennium Alana (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 60% Coed Call Girl Customer (Character) - 1996
      0% 32% Top Dog Jake's mother (Character) $4.3M 1995
      No Score Yet 27% Crazy in Love Pem (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 18% Lonely Hearts Gran (Character) - 1991
      31% 37% Critters 2: The Main Course Nana (Character) $3.8M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Laundry Grandmother Verna (Character) - 1987
      17% 54% Slamdance Mrs. Raines (Character) $125.3K 1987
      73% 47% Promised Land Mrs. Higgins (Character) $66.0K 1987
      76% 60% Cocoon Rosie Lefkowitz (Character) $75.9M 1985

      TV

      Credit
      13% No Score Yet Misery Loves Company Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Alma Gough (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 90% The Golden Girls Ida Perkins (Guest Star) 1988
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Yvette Picard (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet 79% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Grandma (Guest Star) 1984