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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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Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men Mae Jackson
(1939)
Picnic
Picnic Flo Owens
(1955)
BUtterfield 8
BUtterfield 8 Mrs. Fanny Thurber
(1960)
Peyton Place
Peyton Place Nellie Cross
(1957)

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 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Anselma Rood
- Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live (1968) ... Anselma Rood
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Landlady
- One Long-Stemmed American Beauty (1968) ... Landlady
 1968 Coogan's Bluff
Ellen Ringerman
 1966 7 Women
Florrie Pether
 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 BUtterfield 8
Mrs. Fanny Thurber
 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
- Scream in Silence (1958) ... 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 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Amy Peters
- They Knew What They Wanted (1952) ... Amy Peters
 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)
 1950-1951 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
Mary Todd Lincoln
- Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1950) ... Mary Todd Lincoln
 1951 Cosmopolitan Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Somerset Maugham TV Theatre (TV Series)
- Grace (1951)
 1949 The Great Gatsby
Daisy Buchanan
 1948 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Rose
- Street Scene (1948) ... Rose
 1945 The Southerner
Nona Tucker
 1944 Tomorrow, the World!
Leona Richards
 1944 The Great Moment
Elizabeth Morton
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Henrietta (Episode 1)
 1942 Are Husbands Necessary?
Mary Elizabeth Cugat
 1942 Kings Row
Cassandra Tower
 1941 Blues in the Night
Kay Grant
 1941 The Shepherd of the Hills
Sammy Lane
 1940 Victory
Alma
 1940 Seventeen
Lola Pratt
 1939 Of Mice and Men
Mae Jackson
 1939 What a Life
Barbara Pearson
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Personal Details

Other Works:

She acted in the play, "Second Fiddle," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts with Herbert Rudley in the cast. See more »

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Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'm not an outstanding personality and I'm certainly no beauty. Acting ability is all I've got to trade on. See more »

Trivia:

She was considered a frontrunner for the peasant role of Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) due to her Spanish-speaking skills, but her screen test indicated she was "too Americanized". The role was eventually played by Ingrid Bergman, who earned an Oscar nomination. See more »

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Aquarius

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