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Louise Beavers (1902–1962)

1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in Fannie Hurst's classic soaper Imitation of Life ... See full bio »

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 1960 The Facts of Life
Gussie (as Louise Beaver)
 1959 Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series)
Mrs. Teale
- The Mourning Cloak (1959) ... Mrs. Teale
 1959 Frontier Doctor (TV Series)
Clover, Nora's Housekeeper
- Drifting Sands (1959) ... Clover, Nora's Housekeeper
 1958 The Goddess
The Cook
 1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
Osia, the Cook
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mattie Mae
- The Hostess with the Mostest (1957) ... Mattie Mae
 1956 Teenage Rebel
Willamay, Fallon's Maid
 1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Bonnie Drew
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
Effie
- Cleopatra Collins (1956) ... Effie
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Amelia (1955)
 1953-1954 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Louise
- Family Troubles (1954) ... Louise
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Aunt Nellie
- The Younger Brothers (1954) ... Aunt Nellie
 1953 Never Wave at a WAC
Artamesa, Jo's Maid
 1952 I Dream of Jeanie
Mammy
 1952 Colorado Sundown
Mattie, Jackie's Maid
 1951 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series)
Hot Point Spokesman
- Mexican Rustlers Story (1951) ... Hot Point Spokesman
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Selma
 1950 The Jackie Robinson Story
Jackie's Mother
 1950 Girls' School
Hattie
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
Cleo, Marsha's Maid (uncredited)
 1948 For the Love of Mary
Bertha
 1948 Good Sam
Chloe, Lu's Maid
 1948 A Southern Yankee
Laundry Woman (uncredited)
 1947 Banjo
Lindy
 1946 Lover Come Back
Martha, Kay's Maid
 1946 Young Widow
Rosie, the Cook (uncredited)
 1945 Delightfully Dangerous
Hannah, Jo's Maid
 1944 Barbary Coast Gent
Bedelia
 1944 Dixie Jamboree
Opal
 1944 South of Dixie
Magnolia Brown / Chloe
 1944 Follow the Boys
Louise Beavers (uncredited)
 1943 Jack London
Mammy Jenny
 1943 Top Man
Cleo - the Warrens' Maid
 1943 All by Myself
Willie
 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
Niagara
 1943 Good Morning, Judge
Cleo
 1942 Tennessee Johnson
Addie (uncredited)
 1942 Seven Sweethearts
Petunia, the Maid
 1942 The Big Street
Ruby - Gloria's Maid (uncredited)
 1942 Holiday Inn
Mamie
 1942 Reap the Wild Wind
Maum Maria
 1942 Young America
Pansy
 1942 The Vanishing Virginian
Aunt Emmeline Preston
 1941 Shadow of the Thin Man
Stella
 1941 Belle Starr
Mammy Lou
 1941 Kisses for Breakfast
Clotilda
 1941 Virginia
Ophelia
 1940 No Time for Comedy
Clementine
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Celestine
 1940 Primrose Path
Woman Talking to Police (uncredited)
 1940 Women Without Names
Ivory
 1940 Parole Fixer
Aunt Lindy
 1939 Reform School
Mother Barton
 1939 The Lady's from Kentucky
Aunt Tina
 1939 Made for Each Other
Lily - Cook #3 (uncredited)
 1938 The Headleys at Home
Hyacinth
 1938 Brother Rat
Jenny
 1938 Life Goes On
Sally Weston
 1938 Scandal Street
Clairce
 1937 The Last Gangster
Gloria
 1937 Love in a Bungalow
Millie
 1937 Wings Over Honolulu
Mamie
 1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
Mamie
 1936 Rainbow on the River
Toinette
 1936 General Spanky
Cornelia
 1936 Wives Never Know
Florabelle
 1936 Bullets or Ballots
Nellie LaFleur
 1935 Annapolis Farewell
Miranda
 1934 Million Dollar Baby
Mother
 1934 West of the Pecos
Mauree
 1934 I Give My Love
Woman on Street with Newspaper
 1934 Dr. Monica
Sarah - Mary's Maid (uncredited)
 1934 The Merry Frinks
Camille, Hattie's Maid
 1934 Merry Wives of Reno
Derwent's Client - Black Mother of 12 Wanting a Divorce (uncredited)
 1934 Cheaters
Lily
 1934 I Believed in You
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1934 Glamour
Millie
 1934 Registered Nurse
Flo - Sadie's Maid (uncredited)
 1934 The Woman Condemned
Sally - Jane's Maid
 1934 A Modern Hero
Azais' Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Gambling Lady
Suzy - Peter's Cook (uncredited)
 1934 I've Got Your Number
Crystal
 1934 Bedside
Pansy
 1934 Palooka
Crystal
 1933 Grin and Bear It (Short)
 1933 Jimmy and Sally
Maid (uncredited)
 1933 In the Money
Lily
 1933 Only Yesterday
Abby, the Emerson's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Bombshell
Loretta
 1933 Notorious But Nice
Ophelia (uncredited)
 1933 A Shriek in the Night
Maid (as Louise Beaver)
 1933 Her Bodyguard
Margot's Maid
 1933 Hold Your Man
Elite Club Attendant (uncredited)
 1933 Midnight Mary
Anna - Mary's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 What Price Innocence?
Hannah
 1933 The Big Cage
Mandy (uncredited)
 1933 Central Airport
Hotel Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Pick-up
Magnolia (uncredited)
 1933 The Phantom Broadcast
Penny (uncredited)
 1933 42nd Street
Pansy - Dorothy's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Girl Missing
Julie - Daisy's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Her Splendid Folly
Anastasia
 1933 She Done Him Wrong
Pearl
 1932 Too Busy to Work
Mammy
 1932 Hesitating Love (Short)
 1932 Wild Girl
Mammy Lou (uncredited)
 1932 Hell's Highway
Rascal's Sweetheart at Visitor's Center (uncredited)
 1932 Divorce in the Family
Rosetta
 1932 Unashamed
Amanda Jones (as Louise Beaver)
 1932 What Price Hollywood?
The Maid
 1932 The Dark Horse
Levinnia, Kay's Maid (uncredited)
 1932 Street of Women
Mattie, Natalie's maid
 1932 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Washroom Attendant (uncredited)
 1932 Night World
Maid (uncredited)
 1932 Young America
Maid (uncredited)
 1932 You're Telling Me (Short)
The Maid (uncredited)
 1932 It's Tough to Be Famous
Ada, Janet's Maid
 1932 The Expert
Lulu
 1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Beautician (uncredited)
 1931 Good Sport
September
 1931 Girls About Town
Hattie
 1931 Reckless Living
Maid
 1931 Sundown Trail
Auntie Jenny
 1931 Annabelle's Affairs
Ruby
 1931 Party Husband
Laura's Maid (uncredited)
 1931 Six Cylinder Love
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1931 All Women are Bad
Maid (uncredited)
 1931 Millie
Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Paid
Black Convict (uncredited)
 1930 Knights Before Christmas (Short)
 1930 Bright Lights
Angela - the Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Outside the Law
Judy the Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Manslaughter
Rose (prison inmate) (uncredited)
 1930 Our Blushing Brides
Amelia - the Mannequins' Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Recaptured Love
Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Back Pay
Nellie - Hester's Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Safety in Numbers
Messalina
 1930 True to the Navy
Maid (uncredited)
 1930 Honey
Black Revivalist (uncredited)
 1930 She Couldn't Say No
Cora
 1930 Wide Open
Easter
 1930 Second Choice
Maid (uncredited)
 1929 Nix on Dames
Magnolia
 1929 Wall Street
Magnolia
 1929 Glad Rag Doll
Hannah
 1929 Coquette
Julia
 1929 Election Day (Short)
Farina's Mother
 1928 Oriental Hugs (Short)
 1927 Uncle Tom's Cabin
Slave at Wedding (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Louise Beaver

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5' 4" (1.63 m)
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