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Herta Ware (1917–2005)

The meek, docile, child-like aura and unassuming tiny frame of this veteran character lady belied a surprising survivor instinct and strong, liberal fortitude. Actress Herta Ware was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1917, the daughter of an actor father and musician mother. Her grandfather was a union activist who joined the Socialist Party in ... See full bio »

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 2000 Beautiful
 1999 Held Up
 1998-1999 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (TV Series)
Old woman (The Gravedigger's Nemesis) / Old Woman
- The Find/The Golden Cue/The FBI Story/The Gravedigger's Nemesis/Last Rites (1999) ... Old woman (The Gravedigger's Nemesis)
- The Getaway (1998) ... Old Woman
 1999 Cruel Intentions
Mrs. Sugarman
 1998 The Politics of Desire
The Radio Listener
 1997 St. Patrick's Day
Aunt Delia
 1996 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Ida Levitz
- Law (1996) ... Ida Levitz
 1996 Co-ed Call Girl (TV Movie)
 1996 Alien Nation: Millennium (TV Movie)
 1995 Species
Mrs. Morris
 1995 Top Dog
Wilder's Mother
 1994 ER (TV Series)
Mrs. Franks
- Day One (1994) ... Mrs. Franks
 1993 When Jesus Was a Kid (Video short)
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Alma Gough
- Oboe Phobia (1992) ... Alma Gough
 1992 Crazy in Love (TV Movie)
 1991 Eerie, Indiana (TV Series)
Mary B. Carter
- The Dead Letter (1991) ... Mary B. Carter
 1991 Lonely Hearts
 1991 Soapdish
Old Woman
 1991 The New Adam-12 (TV Series)
- 211 Pizza (1991) ... Claire
 1990 The Munsters Today (TV Series)
The Widow Johansen
- That's Gratitude (1990) ... The Widow Johansen
 1989 Just the Ten of Us (TV Series)
Sister Cyril
- Song of Constance (1989) ... Sister Cyril
 1988 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
 1988 Dakota
Aunt Zard
 1988 Critters 2
 1988 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Wilma Minton
- Old Flames (1988) ... Wilma Minton
 1987 Beauty and the Beast (TV Series)
- Siege (1987) ... Sylvia
 1987 Dirty Laundry
Grandmother Verna
 1987 Slam Dance
Mrs. Raines
 1987 Crime Story (TV Series)
Old Lady
- The Pinnacle (1987) ... Old Lady
 1986 Sidekicks (TV Series)
- Grey Belts (1986) ... Mamie
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Grandma Helen
- Grandpa's Ghost (1986) ... Grandma Helen
 1986 Crossings (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Emma Zimmerman
- Episode #1.1 (1986) ... Mrs. Emma Zimmerman
 1986 Child's Cry (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hartounian
 1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
- Over the Limit (1985)
 1985 Wildside (TV Series)
Mrs. Brinkenhoff
- Well Known Secret (1985) ... Mrs. Brinkenhoff
 1984 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
- Another Song for Christmas (1984) ... Grandma
 1984 2010
Jessie Bowman
 1983 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Ethel Marcus
- Secrets Cry Aloud (1983) ... Ethel Marcus
 1980 Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype
Old lady on Bus
 1980 The Black Marble
Grand Duchess
 1978 A Question of Guilt (TV Movie)
Miriam's Mother
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Stage Play: Journeyman. Drama. Written by Alfred Hayes and Leon Alexander. Based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell. Scenic Design by Nat Karson. Directed by Erskine Caldwell and J. Edward Shugrue. Fulton Theatre: 29 Jan 1938- Mar 1938 (closing date unknown/41 performances). Cast: Ruth Abbott (as "Lorene"), Tommie Baker (as "Vearl"), Dorothy... See more »

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Being blacklisted is a special thing. I'm going to try to describe it to you. First, you must realize that you'll never know what hit you. Your agent will smile and tell you to keep checking as work fades from both your memories. The position of importance you felt when you came into his office doesn't exist, and the phone rings - welcome excuse - the visit is over. The money that poured into his... See more »


Three children with Will Geer - Kate Geer, Ellen Geer and Thad Geer. She and Geer divorced in 1954 and Herta married again. Her fourth child, Melora Marshall, came from her second marriage to late actor David Marshall. Following Herta's second divorce, she and Will reunited in 1973 and moved back into their Topanga Canyon home with their children and forged the outdoor theater company. See more »

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