Florence Bates (1888–1954)

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The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her bar exam in 1914, practised for four years in San... See full bio »

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Known For

Rebecca Mrs. Van Hopper
The Moon and Sixpence Tiare Johnson
A Letter to Three Wives Mrs. Manleigh
On the Town Mme. Dilyovska


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 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
 1953 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Mrs. Howard
- The Ladder (1953) ... Mrs. Howard
 1953 Paris Model
Mrs. Nora Sullivan
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Mrs. Bessmer in Fantasy Sequence
 1953 Private Secretary (TV Series)
- Havana or Bust (1953)
 1952-1953 My Little Margie (TV Series)
Lady Franklin / Mrs. Stegmuller
- A Mother for Vern (1953) ... Lady Franklin
- Margie Sings Opera (1952) ... Mrs. Stegmuller
 1953 My Hero (TV Series)
Aunt Polly
- Wheel of Fortune (1953) ... Aunt Polly
 1952 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Mrs. Carney
- Christmas Show (1952) ... Mrs. Carney (uncredited)
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
- Hope Chest (1952)
 1952 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
- Backstage (1952) ... Ottilie
 1952 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Ballet teacher
- Ballet (1952) ... Ballet teacher
 1952 Les Miserables
Madame Bonnet
 1952 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Mrs. Pettebone
- Pioneer Women (1952) ... Mrs. Pettebone
 1951-1952 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Mrs. McEveety
- Blanche for President (1952) ... Mrs. McEveety
- The Beverly Hills Uplift Society (1951) ... Mrs. McEveety
 1951 Havana Rose
Mrs. Fillmore
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 The Tall Target
Mrs. Charlotte Alsop
 1951 Father Takes the Air
Minerva Bobbin
 1951 Lullaby of Broadway
Mrs. Anna Hubbell
 1950 Dick Tracy (TV Series)
Mrs. Frotheringham / Mrs. Frothingham
- Dick Tracy vs. Swami (1950) ... Mrs. Frotheringham
- The Mole: Part 2 (1950) ... Mrs. Frothingham
- Episode #1.1 (1950)
 1950 Hollywood Theatre Time (TV Series)
 1950 County Fair
Nora 'Ma' Ryan
 1950 The Second Woman
Amelia Foster
 1950 Belle of Old Mexico
Nellie Chatfield
 1949 On the Town
Mme. Dilyovska
 1949 Oboler Comedy Theatre (TV Series)
- Love, Love, Love (1949)
 1949 The Girl from Jones Beach
Miss Emma Shoemaker
 1949 A Letter to Three Wives
Mrs. Manleigh
 1948 Portrait of Jennie
Mrs. Jekes (landlady)
 1948 My Dear Secretary
Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady)
 1948 River Lady
Ma Dunnegan
 1948 Winter Meeting
Mrs. Castle
 1948 The Inside Story
Geraldine Atherton
 1948 I Remember Mama
Florence Dana Moorhead
 1948 The Judge Steps Out
 1947 Desire Me
Mrs.Lannie (scenes deleted)
 1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Mrs. Irma Griswold
 1947 Love and Learn
Mrs. Bella Davis - Landlady
 1947 The Brasher Doubloon
Mrs. Elizabeth Murdock
 1946 The Man I Love
Mrs. Thorpe (uncredited)
 1946 The Time, the Place and the Girl
Mme. Lucia Cassel
 1946 Cluny Brown
Dowager at Ames' Party
 1946 Claudia and David
Nancy Riddle
 1946 Whistle Stop
Molly Veech
 1945 San Antonio
 1945 Saratoga Trunk
Sophie Bellop
 1945 Out of This World
Harriet Pringle
 1945 Tonight and Every Night
May Tolliver
 1944 Tahiti Nights
Queen Liliha
 1944 Belle of the Yukon
Viola Chase
 1944 Kismet
 1944 Since You Went Away
Hungry Woman on Train (uncredited)
 1944 The Mask of Dimitrios
Madame Elise Chavez
 1943 His Butler's Sister
Lady Sloughberry
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
Mrs. Edna Craig (uncredited)
 1943 Mr. Lucky
Mrs. Van Every
 1943 Mister Big
Mrs. Mary Davis
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Mrs. Amanda Roanoke-Brooke
 1943 They Got Me Covered
Gypsy Woman
 1942 My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Mrs. Saunders
 1942 The Moon and Sixpence
Tiare Johnson
 1942 The Tuttles of Tahiti
 1942 Mexican Spitfire at Sea
Mrs. Baldwin
 1942 We Were Dancing
Mrs. Vanderlip
 1941 Kathleen
Woman Customer at Shoner's Store (uncredited)
 1941 The Chocolate Soldier
Madame Helene
 1941 Love Crazy
Mrs. Cooper
 1941 Strange Alibi
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
 1941 Road Show
Mrs. Newton
 1940 Kitty Foyle
 1940 Hudson's Bay
Duchess (scenes deleted)
 1940 The Son of Monte Cristo
Countess Mathilde Von Braun
 1940 Calling All Husbands
Emmie Trippe
 1940 Rebecca
Mrs. Van Hopper
 1937 The Man in Blue
Woman (uncredited)
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(February 23 to March 6, 1937) She acted in Jane Austen and DeWitt Bodeen's play, "Emma," at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California. Gilmor Brown was artistic director. Philip Van Dyke was director. See more »

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