Cara Williams

Actor, Voice specialist
A former child actor, Cara Williams was a steady presence in features and television from the 1940s through the 60s. Born Bernice Kamiat in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began as a child performer and moved to L.A. as a ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1925 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

In Security 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhoda 1974 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

One Man Jury 1977 (Movie)

(Actor)

The White Buffalo 1976 (Movie)

Cassie Ollinger (Actor)

Doctors' Wives 1971 (Movie)

Maggie Gray (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cara Williams Show 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete and Gladys 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man From the Diner's Club 1962 (Movie)

Sugar Pye (Actor)

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

Winnipeg (Actor)

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Matinee Theater 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Defiant Ones 1958 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Helen Morgan Story 1957 (Movie)

Dolly (Actor)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

Kelly Donavan (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Diamond Robbery 1953 (Movie)

Maggie Drumman (Actor)

The Chevrolet Tele-Theater 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

Actor

Knock on Any Door 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boomerang 1947 (Movie)

Irene Nelson (Actor)

In the Meantime, Darling 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Don Juan Quilligan (Movie)

Salesgirl (Actor)

Sitting Pretty (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

Something for the Boys (Movie)

Secretary (Actor)

The Saxon Charm (Movie)

Dolly Humber (Actor)

Biography

A former child actor, Cara Williams was a steady presence in features and television from the 1940s through the 60s. Born Bernice Kamiat in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began as a child performer and moved to L.A. as a teenager. After providing voices for animated shorts, she caught the attention of talent scouts and was signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. Her debut was in the slice of Americana "Happy Land" (1943), which featured Don Ameche, Frances Dee and Ann Rutherford. The buxom blonde went on to appear in supporting parts in musicals ("Something for the Boys" 1944; "Meet Me in Las Vegas" 1956), comedies ("The Saxon Charm" 1948) and dramas (Elia Kazan's "Boomerang" 1947). It was not until a supporting turn as Alan King's brassy girlfriend in 1957's "The Helen Morgan Story", however, that Williams earned substantial critical acclaim for her work. The following year, she had what was arguably the best role of her career: a young widowed mother who encounters two escaped convicts (Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis) in "The Defiant Ones" (1958), which earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Williams followed with two turns as a mobster's moll in "Never Steal Anything Small" (1959) and "The Man From the Diner's Club" (1963) and earned praise as an alcoholic divorcee opposite Carroll O'Connor in the soap operish "Doctors' Wives" (1971). She made a cameo appearance in J Lee Thompson's "White Buffalo" (1977) and appeared in the detective thriller "One Man Jury" (1978).

Williams began making frequent appearances on the small screen in the anthology series of the late 40s and 50s (i.e., "Philco Television Playhouse", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"). She co-starred as Harry Morgan's scatterbrained wife on "Pete and Gladys" (CBS, 1960-62) and headlined her own sitcom "The Cara Williams Show" (CBS, 1964-65). In the latter, she was the wife of a co-worker forced by company policy to pretend they were not married. Williams last series stint to date was in support of Valerie Harper's "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-75) for that show's first season.

From 1952 until 1959, Williams was married to actor John Barrymore Jr.

Relationships

John Barrymore

Son
born in 1954

John Barrymore

Husband
married in 1952 divorced in 1959

Asher Dann

Husband

EDUCATION

Hollywood Professional School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

1978

Last screen role to date, "One Man Jury"

1960

TV series debut as regular, Gladys in "Pete and Gladys" (CBS)

1958

Earned Oscar nomination for her role in "The Defiant Ones"

1942

Feature film debut, "Happy Land"

1941

Signed to a contract by 20th century Fox

Earliest TV appearance as performer on "The Chevrolet Tele-Theater" (NBC)

Headlined her own comedy series "The Cara Williams Show" on CBS

Worked as a child actor

Joined cast of CBS sitcom "Rhoda"

Provided voices for animated features

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