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Betty Field (1916–1973)


Thespian Betty Field was born in Boston on February 8, 1916, the daughter of a salesman and his wife. Ancestors on her father's side were Mayflower colonists Priscilla and John Alden. Her parents divorced while she was still young and Betty eventually learned to speak Spanish while traveling with her mother to various Spanish-speaking countries ... See full bio »

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Known For

Picnic
Picnic Flo Owens
(1955)
Birdman of Alcatraz
Birdman of Alcatraz Stella Johnson
(1962)
Bus Stop
Bus Stop Grace
(1956)
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men Mae Jackson
(1939)

Filmography

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 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Amelma Road
- Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live (1968) ... Amelma Road
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Landlady
- One Long-Stemmed American Beauty (1968) ... Landlady
 1968 Coogan's Bluff
Ellen Ringerman
 1966 7 Women
Mrs. Florrie Pether - Charles' pregnant wife
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Martha
- Charlie's Got All the Luck (1965) ... Martha
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Janet Novins
- A Taste of Ashes (1964) ... Janet Novins
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Florence Marlowe
- Florence, Come Home (1963) ... Florence Marlowe
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Jenny Davies
- The Star Juror (1963) ... Jenny Davies
 1963 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Mrs. Stover
- Some Fires Die Slowly (1963) ... Mrs. Stover
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Mrs. Harper
- A Time to Every Purpose (1962) ... Mrs. Harper
 1960-1962 Route 66 (TV Series)
Maggie Carter / Dorothea Colby / Mary Purcell
- Across Walnuts and Wine (1962) ... Maggie Carter
- The Mud Nest (1961) ... Dorothea Colby
- The Swan Bed (1960) ... Mary Purcell
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Mrs. Bower
- The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1962) ... Mrs. Bower
 1962 Birdman of Alcatraz
Stella Johnson
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Anna Olsen
- And Eve Wore a Veil of Tears (1962) ... Anna Olsen
 1960-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Dons Mother / Hester
- All Summer Long (1961) ... Dons Mother
- Uncle Harry (1960) ... Hester
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Pauline Kater / Mrs. Brent
- A Memory of Crying (1961) ... Pauline Kater
- Bullets Cost Too Much (1961) ... Mrs. Brent
 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Helen
- A Very Moral Theft (1960) ... Helen
 1960 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Mrs. Buchanan
- The White Slavers (1960) ... Mrs. Buchanan
 1959 Hound-Dog Man
Cora McKinney
 1959 Ah, Wilderness! (TV Movie)
Lily Miller
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Callie Bellason
 1957 Peyton Place
Nellie Cross
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Triumph (1957)
 1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Paula Marchetti
- The Lie (1957) ... Paula Marchetti
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Marge Mayo
- Ride the Wild Mare (1957) ... Marge Mayo
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Emily Marsden
- The Breach (1956) ... Emily Marsden
 1956 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Frances Palmer
- Take Care of My Child (1956) ... Frances Palmer
 1956 Bus Stop
Grace
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Addie
- Happy Birthday (1956) ... Addie
 1955 Picnic
Flo Owens
 1951-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Martha Shanks / Madeline / Carol
- The Copperhead (1955) ... Martha Shanks / Madeline
- Local Storm (1951) ... Carol
 1954 Justice (TV Series)
- The Invader (1954)
- Hit and Run (1954)
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Blanche
- Family Crisis (1954) ... Blanche
 1954 Love Story (TV Series)
- Shadow Waltz (1954)
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Rita Bell
- The Sins of the Fathers (1954) ... Rita Bell
 1953-1954 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Before I Wake (1953)
 1952 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- See No Evil (1952)
 1952 The Web (TV Series)
- Death Mask (1952)
 1952 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- Open Storage (1952)
 1951 Cosmopolitan Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
- Grace (1951)
 1948 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Rose
- Street Scene (1948) ... Rose
 1945 The Southerner
Nona Tucker
 1944 Tomorrow, the World!
Leona Richards
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Henrietta (Episode 1)
 1942 Are Husbands Necessary?
Mary Elizabeth Cugat
 1940 Victory
Alma
 1939 What a Life
Barbara Pearson
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeaed (as "Theodora Effington") in "Not for Children" on Broadway. Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. Written by Elmer Rice. Coronet Theatre: 13 Feb 1951-17 Feb 1951 (7 performances). Cast: Phil Arthur, J. Edward Bromberg (as "Timothy Forrest"), Alexander Clark, Joan Copeland, Natalie Core, Keene Crockett, John Garstad, Budd Gregg... See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

I think it must be awful not to work. My only point in being idle is to rest so that I can work more...I'm only unhappy when I'm not working. See more »

Trivia:

Her second husband, Edwin J. Lukas (1902-1973), a noted lawyer, author, criminologist and Jewish civil rights activist, was the cousin of actor Paul Lukas. Betty was his third wife. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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