Florence Bates

Actor, Lawyer, Businesswoman
Florence Bates didn't set out to become an actress; from her degree in mathematics to her career as an attorney, performing seemed to be the farthest thing from her mind. But after moving to Los Angeles to open a ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1888 in San Antonio, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

On the Town 1949 (Movie)

Mme. Dilyovska (Actor)

The Girl From Jones Beach 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Dear Secretary 1948 (Movie)

Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady) (Actor)

A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

Mrs. Manleigh (Actor)

Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cluny Brown 1946 (Movie)

Dowager at Ames' Party (Actor)

The Mask of Dimitrios 1944 (Movie)

Madame Elise Chavez (Actor)

Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

Gypsy Woman (Actor)

Rebecca 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Belle of the Yukon (Movie)

Viola (Actor)

Claudia and David (Movie)

Nancy Riddle (Actor)

County Fair (Movie)

Ma Ryan (Actor)

Desire Me (Movie)

Mrs. Lannie (Actor)

His Butler's Sister (Movie)

Lady Sloughberry (Actor)

Hudson's Bay (Movie)

Duchess (Actor)

I Remember Mama (Movie)

Florence Dana Moorhead (Actor)

Kathleen (Movie)

Mr. Schoner's Customer (Actor)

Kismet (Movie)

Karsha (Actor)

Kitty Foyle (Movie)

Customer (Actor)

Love Crazy (Movie)

Mrs. Cooper (Actor)

Mexican Spitfire at Sea (Movie)

Mrs. Baldwin (Actor)

Mr. Lucky (Movie)

Mrs. Van Every (Actor)

Saratoga Trunk (Movie)

Sophie Bellop (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Dowager (Actor)

Slightly Dangerous (Movie)

Mrs. Roanoke-Brooke (Actor)

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (Movie)

Mandy (Actor)

The Brasher Doubloon (Movie)

Mrs. Murdock (Actor)

The Chocolate Soldier (Movie)

Mme. Helene (Actor)

The Judge Steps Out (Movie)

Chita (Actor)

The Lullaby of Broadway (Movie)

Mrs. Hubbell (Actor)

The Man I Love (Movie)

Mrs. Thorpe (Actor)

The Man in Blue (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

The Moon and Sixpence (Movie)

Tiara Johnson (Actor)

The San Francisco Story (Movie)

Sadie (Actor)

The Southerner (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

The Time, the Place and the Girl (Movie)

Mme. Lucia Cassell (Actor)

Tonight and Every Night (Movie)

May Tolliver (Actor)

We Were Dancing (Movie)

Mrs. Vanderlip (Actor)

Whistle Stop (Movie)

Molly Veech (Actor)

Winter Meeting (Movie)

Mrs. Castle (Actor)

Biography

Florence Bates didn't set out to become an actress; from her degree in mathematics to her career as an attorney, performing seemed to be the farthest thing from her mind. But after moving to Los Angeles to open a bakery, she auditioned on a whim for the role of Miss Bates in a theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma," nabbed the part, and found a second home on the stage during the 1930s. Alfred Hitchcock cast Bates as Mrs. Van Hopper in his moody 1939 drama "Rebecca," establishing her as a go-to actress for eccentric, high-society characters in dozens of films throughout the 1940s and early '50s.

EDUCATION

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena, California

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