Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Highest Rated: 100% Holiday Inn (1942)

Lowest Rated: 44% Coquette (1929)

Birthday: Mar 08, 1902

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

A vivacious and prolific character player, Louise Beavers kept company with the more acclaimed Hattie McDaniel as America's foremost filmic embodiment of a "mammy," a subservient but jovial African-American maid or cook. Like McDaniel, she was heavy-set and fairly dark-skinned; her roles generally presented her as extremely cheerful, loyal (if sometimes less than bright) and distinctly asexual. Her omnipresence in US film from the 1920s through the 50s testifies to the racist stereotypes so central to the history of an entire culture, but it would be far too facile to blame players like Beavers for their involvement in such image-making. After all, typecasting placed particular limits on the roles that blacks could play and, in some sense, Beavers' persona doubtless reflected at least some of the realities of black women's social backgrounds and careers. What is also important is how players like Beavers not only became a likable part of the cultural landscape despite the limitations of their roles, but also how their best work transcends the limitations of stereotyping. Furthermore, Beavers' characters often acted as a comical "Greek chorus" commenting on the antics of her films' white stars. Thus, even if no one intended any subversion, Beavers' presence could hint at the follies of racism within dominant society.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 61% The Facts of Life Gussie (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 50% All the Fine Young Cannibals Rose (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 60% The Goddess The Cook (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 83% Tammy and the Bachelor Osia (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 20% Teenage Rebel Willamay (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 90% Goodbye, My Lady Bonnie Drew (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 42% Never Wave at a WAC Artamesa (Character) - 1952
63% 52% The Jackie Robinson Story Jackie's Mother (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 65% My Blue Heaven Selma (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls' School Hatti (Character) - 1950
82% 76% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Gussie (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 71% For the Love of Mary Bertha (Character) - 1948
60% 60% Good Sam Chloe (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Lovers Meet Martha (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 0% Delightfully Dangerous Hannah (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 47% Du Barry Was a Lady Niagara (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet All by Myself Willie (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 14% The Jack London Story Mammy Jenny (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 60% Seven Sweethearts Petunia (Character) - 1942
100% 86% Holiday Inn Mamie (Character) - 1942
80% 56% Reap the Wild Wind Maum Maria (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast Clotilda (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virginia Ophelia (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 33% Belle Starr Mammy Lou (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vanishing Virginian Aunt Emmeline Preston (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 54% No Time for Comedy Clementine (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reform School Mother Barton (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 57% Made for Each Other Lily (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peck's Bad Boy With the Circus Cassey (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 56% Brother Rat Jenny (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Happened in New Orleans Toinette (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 36% General Spanky `'Mammy'` Cornelia (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 67% Bullets or Ballots Nellie LaFleur (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wives Never Know Florabelle (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet West of the Pecos Mauree (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Glamour Unknown (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 29% Palooka Crystal (Character) - 1934
92% 85% Imitation of Life Delilah Johnson (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hat, Coat and Glove Unknown (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 57% Doctor Monica Sarah (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got Your Number Crystal (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 21% A Shriek in the Night Maid (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Price Innocence? Hannah (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 44% Young America Maid (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Busy to Work Mammy (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 83% It's Tough to Be Famous Ada (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Divorce in the Family Rosetta (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 64% What Price Hollywood? Bonita, Mary's Maid (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ladies of the Big House Ivory (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sundown Trail Auntie Jenny (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girls About Town Hattie (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet 36% Our Blushing Brides Amelia (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wide Open Easter (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet Back Pay Nellie (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No Unknown (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet True to the Navy Unknown (Character) - 1930
44% 24% Coquette Julia (Character) - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Bet Your Life Guest 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frontier Doctor Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories of the Century Aunt Nellie (Guest Star) 1954

QUOTES FROM Louise Beavers CHARACTERS

Ted Hanover says: I like it here... with you and Linda. [to Hardy]

Jim Hardy says: answers: And we love having you. When are you leaving?

Francois says: How can I stop him sir when I don't know which way is Connecticut!

Jim Hardy says: A drink? Boy you were fractured!

Mamie says: [about winning Linda back] You could melt her heart right down to butter, if you'd only turn on the heat!

Linda Mason says: You sound sweet, but you don't make sense.

Gussie says: If you ain't eatin' Wham, you ain't eatin' ham.