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Theresa Harris (I) (1911–1985)


Theresa Harris appeared with more stars of the Golden Era of Hollywood than anyone else. She sang, she danced, she appeared in movies and TV. She graced the screen with her magnetic presence and most times stole scenes from the top stars of the day every chance she got and made a lot of dull films worthwhile. Although stereotyped by receiving only... See full bio »

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Known For

Baby Face Chico
(1933)
(1943)
Jezebel Zette
(1938)
Our Wife Hattie
(1941)

Filmography

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 1958 The Gift of Love
Dora - Sam's Wife (uncredited)
 1957 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
Irene
- Loco the Heiress (1957) ... Irene
 1957 Spoilers of the Forest
Nancy the Maid (uncredited)
 1956 Back from Eternity
Mamie (uncredited)
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
Cora
- Reverse English (1956) ... Cora
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Elsie the Servant
- Back for Christmas (1956) ... Elsie the Servant
 1955 The Amos 'n Andy Show (TV Series)
Gloretta
- The Girl at the Station (1955) ... Gloretta (uncredited)
 1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Lulu
- The New York Story (1954) ... Lulu
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 The French Line
Clara, Mame's Maid (uncredited)
 1953 Here Come the Girls
Josie - Irene's Maid (uncredited)
 1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Heart's Desire (1953)
 1953 Small Town Girl
Backstage Maid (uncredited)
 1953 Angel Face
Nurse Theresa (uncredited)
 1951 The Company She Keeps
Lilly Johnson (uncredited)
 1951 Al Jennings of Oklahoma
Terese
 1951 Grounds for Marriage
Stella
 1949 And Baby Makes Three
Wanda's Maid (uncredited)
 1949 Tension
Woman in Drugstore (uncredited)
 1949 Neptune's Daughter
Matilda the Maid (uncredited)
 1949 Alias Nick Beal
Opal - Donna's Maid (uncredited)
 1948 The Velvet Touch
Nancy
 1948 The Big Clock
Daisy - Strouds' Maid (uncredited)
 1947 The Lady from Shanghai
Spectator in Courtroom (uncredited)
 1947 Out of the Past
Eunice Leonard (uncredited)
 1947 Merton of the Movies
Beulah's Maid (uncredited)
 1947 Miracle on 34th Street
Cleo (uncredited)
 1947 Hit Parade of 1947
Maid (uncredited)
 1946 Three Little Girls in Blue
Maid (uncredited)
 1946 Smooth as Silk
Louise
 1946 Miss Susie Slagle's
Maid (uncredited)
 1945 The Dolly Sisters
Ellabelle (uncredited)
 1945 Men in Her Diary
Violet (uncredited)
 1945 Strange Illusion
Maid (uncredited)
 1943 What's Buzzin', Cousin?
Blossom (uncredited)
 1943 I Walked with a Zombie
Alma - Maid (as Teresa Harris)
 1942 Cat People
Minnie (uncredited)
 1942 Tough As They Come
Bessie Mae
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
 1941 Here Comes Mr. Jordan
Mother Listening to Hurdy-gurdy (uncredited)
 1941 Our Wife
Hattie
 1941 Blossoms in the Dust
Cleo
 1941 The Flame of New Orleans
Clementine
 1940 Love Thy Neighbor
Josephine
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Maid (uncredited)
 1940 Buck Benny Rides Again
Josephine
 1940 City of Chance
Beulah - Powder Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1939 One Hour to Live
High Yaller girl
 1939 The Women
Olive (uncredited)
 1939 Tell No Tales
Ruby
 1938 Passport Husband
Maid (uncredited)
 1938 The Toy Wife
'Pick'
 1938 Jezebel
Zette
 1937 Gangsters on the Loose
Grace Foster
 1937 Big Town Girl
Maid (uncredited)
 1937 The Lady Escapes
Maid (uncredited)
 1937 Charlie Chan at the Olympics
Black US Team Member On Sidelines Rooting for Jesse Owens (uncredited)
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Black Blues Singer (uncredited)
 1936 Fifteen Maiden Lane
Ladies Room Maid (uncredited)
 1936 The Green Pastures
Angel (uncredited)
 1936 Strike Me Pink
Dancer / Singer in 'First You Have Me High (Then You Have Me Low)' (uncredited)
 1935 Broadway Melody of 1936
Theresa (uncredited)
 1935 Go Into Your Dance
Luana's Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Desirable
Ladies Room Maid at Party (uncredited)
 1934 Black Moon
Sacrificed Girl (uncredited)
 1934 Operator 13
Slave at Medicine Show (uncredited)
 1934 A Duke for a Day (Short)
Jessie (Gloria's Maid) (uncredited)
 1934 Finishing School
Evelyn - Mrs Radcliff's maid (uncredited)
 1934 Sleepers East
Gloria Washington (uncredited)
 1934 A Modern Hero
Leah's Maid (uncredited)
 1934 Success at Any Price
Marie - Agnes' Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Flying Down to Rio
Dancer (uncredited)
 1933 Roman Scandals
Handmaiden (uncredited)
 1933 The Worst Woman in Paris?
Lily - the Maid
 1933 Blood Money
Jessica (uncredited)
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole
Joan's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Penthouse
Lili - Mimi's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Morning Glory
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1933 Mary Stevens, M.D.
Alice - Andrews' Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Baby Face
Chico
 1933 Hold Your Man
Lily Mae Crippen (uncredited)
 1933 Private Detective 62
Janet's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Professional Sweetheart
Vera - Glory's Maid (uncredited)
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Black Woman in 'Pettin' in the Park' Number (uncredited)
 1933 Grand Slam
Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1932 The Half-Naked Truth
Emily - Teresita's Maid (uncredited)
 1932 The Sport Parade
Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
 1932 Night After Night
Ladies' Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1932 Faithless
Amanda (uncredited)
 1932 Free Wheeling (Short)
Maid
 1932 Horse Feathers
Laura - Connie's Maid (uncredited)
 1932 Week Ends Only
Chloë (uncredited)
 1932 Merrily We Go to Hell
Powder Room Attendant (uncredited)
 1932 Union Depot
Black Woman (uncredited)
 1931 Arrowsmith
Native Mother (uncredited)
 1931 The Road to Reno
Maid at Dude Ranch (uncredited)
 1930 Morocco
Camp Follower (uncredited)
 1929 Thunderbolt
Black Cat Cafe Singer (uncredited)
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Personal Details

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Alternate Names:

Teresa Harris

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on the struggles she faced as a Black actress in old Hollywood] I never felt the chance to rise above the role of maid in Hollywood movies. My color was against me. The fact that I was not 'hot' stamped me as either an uppity 'Negress' or relegated me to the eternal role of stooge or servant. I can sing but so can hundreds of other girls. My ambitions are to be an actress. Hollywood had no parts... See more »

Trivia:

Despite going uncredited in most of her film roles, she was well known to black audiences of the era. Some black theaters would feature her name on the marquee when her films were shown, rather than the names of the films' leading actors. See more »

Trademark:

Usually played maid roles See more »

Nickname:

The Beautiful Maid

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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