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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 December 1915Oakland, California, USA
Date of Death 10 June 1996Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameCatherine Josephine Van Fleet
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jo Van Fleet was born on December 30, 1914 in Oakland, California. She established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint. Her first film role was playing the estranged mother of James Dean's character in East of Eden (1955). This debut performance earned Van Fleet an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her subsequent film work was steady through 1960, then very sporadic, and include such films as The Rose Tattoo (1955), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Cool Hand Luke (1967).

In 1958, Van Fleet was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in "Look Homeward, Angel" on Broadway. Other films include Wild River (1960), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965) and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968). Her television work include Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), Bonanza (1959), Thriller (1960) and The Wild Wild West (1965). Jo Van Fleet died at age 81 of undisclosed causes on June 10, 1996 in Queens, New York City.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

Spouse (1)

William Bales (1946 - 8 September 1990) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (16)

Gave birth to her only child at age 33, a son Michael Gardner Bales on October 17, 1949. Child's father was her husband, William Bales.
Received the 1954 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) in a Play for her performance in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful", in which she co-starred with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint.
Attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actress (Dramatic) in 1958 for "Look Homeward, Angel."
In March 1947, Van Fleet appeared with her acting mentors Uta Hagen and Sanford Meisner in Russian playwright Konstantin Simonov's comedy "The Whole World Over." The show closed after 100 performances.
Played the role of the Stepmother in the 1965 television remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965), but was replaced by another (uncredited) actress when the cast album was recorded.
She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
Like her fellow East of Eden (1955) cast members James Dean and Julie Harris, she was a member of the Actors Studio. Considered Elia Kazan a significant contributing influence to her success as an actress.
Studied acting at the New York Neighbourhood Playhouse. Made her Broadway debut in 1946. Long-standing member of the Actors Studio.
Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7010 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Was the 43rd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for East of Eden (1955) at The 28th Annual Academy Awards (1956) on March 21, 1956.
Was just 3 years older than Susan Hayward, who played her daughter in I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955).
Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
Grandmother of Hope (b. 1971), Shannon (b. 1973), Kristin (b. 1975) and Vincent (b. 1975), via son Michael and his [now ex] wife Connie Haines.
Was an only child.
Daughter of Roy Van Fleet (1877-1919), born in Michigan, and Elizabeth "Bessie" Catherine Gardner (1881-1971), born in Indiana.

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