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Florence Bates (born Florence Rabe, April 15, 1888 – January 31, 1954) was an American film and stage character actress who often played grande dame characters in supporting roles.

Her path to becoming an actress had many turns. She had a degree in Mathematics, taught school until married, then became the first Texas female lawyer. Then she became a bilingual radio commentator. After her husband lost her fortune, she and her husband opened a bakery in Los Angeles.

In the mid-1930s, Bates auditioned for and won the role of Miss Bates in a Pasadena Playhouse adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. When she decided to continue working with the theatre group, she changed her professional name to that of the first character she played on stage. In 1939, she was introduced to Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her first major screen role, the vain dowager Mrs. Van Hopper, in Rebecca (1940).

Bates appeared in more than sixty films over the course of the next thirteen years. Among her cinema credits are Kitty Foyle, Love Crazy, The Moon and Sixpence, Mr. Lucky, Heaven Can Wait, Lullaby of Broadway, Mister Big, Since You Went Away, Kismet, Saratoga Trunk, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Winter Meeting, I Remember Mama, Portrait of Jennie, A Letter to Three Wives, On the Town, and Les Misérables. In television, Bates had a regular role on The Hank McCune Show and made guest appearances on I Love Lucy, My Little Margie, I Married Joan and Our Miss Brooks.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Florence Bates (born Florence Rabe, April 15, 1888 – January 31, 1954) was an American film and stage character actress who often played grande dame characters in supporting roles.

Her path to becoming an actress had many turns. She had a degree in Mathematics, taught school until married, then became the first Texas female lawyer. Then she became a bilingual radio commentator. After her husband lost her fortune, she and her husband opened a bakery in Los Angeles.

In the mid-1930s, Bates auditioned for and won the role of Miss Bates in a Pasadena Playhouse adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. When she decided to continue working with the theatre group, she changed her professional name to that of the first character she played on stage. In 1939, she was introduced to Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in her first major screen role, the vain dowager Mrs. Van Hopper, in Rebecca (1940).

Bates appeared in more than sixty films over the course of the next thirteen years. Among her cinema credits are Kitty Foyle, Love Crazy, The Moon and Sixpence, Mr. Lucky, Heaven Can Wait, Lullaby of Broadway, Mister Big, Since You Went Away, Kismet, Saratoga Trunk, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Winter Meeting, I Remember Mama, Portrait of Jennie, A Letter to Three Wives, On the Town, and Les Misérables. In television, Bates had a regular role on The Hank McCune Show and made guest appearances on I Love Lucy, My Little Margie, I Married Joan and Our Miss Brooks.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 55

Birthday 1888-04-15

Day of Death 1954-01-31

Place of Birth San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1953 Paris Model as Nora Sullivan
1952 Les Miserables as Madame Bonnet
1952 The San Francisco Story as Sadie
1951 Havana Rose as Mrs. Fillmore
1951 The Tall Target as Mrs. Charlotte Alsop
1951 Father Takes the Air as Minerva Bobbin
1951 Lullaby of Broadway as Mrs. Anna Hubbell
1950 County Fair as Nora 'Ma' Ryan
1950 The Second Woman as Amelia Foster
1949 On the Town as Mme. Dilyovska
1949 The Girl from Jones Beach as Miss Emma Shoemaker
1949 A Letter to Three Wives as Mrs. Manleigh
1948 Portrait of Jennie as Mrs. Jekes
1948 My Dear Secretary as Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady)
1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven as Mandy
1948 River Lady as Ma Dunnegan
1948 Winter Meeting as Mme Castle
1948 I Remember Mama as Florence Dana Moorhead
1948 The Inside Story as Geraldine Atherton
1947 The Judge Steps Out as Chita
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Mrs. Griswold
1947 Love and Learn as Mrs. Bella Davis - Landlady
1947 The Brasher Doubloon as Mrs. Murdock
1946 The Time, The Place and The Girl as Mme. Lucia Cassel
1946 Cluny Brown as Dowager at the Ames' party
1946 Claudia and David as Nancy Riddle
1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid as Rose
1946 Whistle Stop as Molly Veech
1945 San Antonio as Henrietta
1945 Saratoga Trunk as Sophie Bellop
1945 Out of This World as Harriet Pringle
1945 Tonight and Every Night as May Tolliver
1944 Belle of the Yukon as Viola Chase
1944 Kismet as Karsha
1944 The Mask of Dimitrios as Madame Elise Chavez
1943 His Butler's Sister as Lady Sloughberry
1943 Heaven Can Wait as Mrs. Edna Craig
1943 Mr. Lucky as Mrs. Van Every
1943 Mister Big as Mrs. Mary Davis
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke
1943 They Got Me Covered as Gypsy Woman
1942 My Heart Belongs to Daddy as Mrs. Saunders
1942 The Moon and Sixpence as Tiare Johnson
1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti as Emily
1942 We Were Dancing as Mrs. Elsa Vanderlip
1942 Mexican Spitfire At Sea as Mrs. Baldwin
1941 The Chocolate Soldier as Madame Helene
1941 Love Crazy as Mrs. Cooper
1941 Strange Alibi as Katie
1941 The Devil and Miss Jones as Store Shopper
1941 Road Show as Mrs. Newton
1940 Kitty Foyle as Customer
1940 The Son of Monte Cristo as Countess Mathilde Von Braun
1940 Calling All Husbands as Emmie Trippe
1940 Rebecca as Edythe Van Hopper

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