Jo Van Fleet

Actor
This highly talented stage actress didn't make her film debut until she was almost 40 ("East of Eden," 1955), but it put her on the map and kept her working through the 1970s.
Born: 12/29/1915 in Oakland, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

Power 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenant 1975 (Movie)

Madame Dioz (Actor)

Paradise Lost 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Satan's School For Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight 1971 (Movie)

Big Momma (Actor)

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

Nonna (Actor)

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Arletta (Actor)

Wild River 1960 (Movie)

Ella Garth (Actor)

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 (Movie)

Kate Fisher (Actor)

The King and Four Queens 1956 (Movie)

Ma McDade (Actor)

This Angry Age 1956 (Movie)

Madame Dufresne (Actor)

East of Eden 1955 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

I'll Cry Tomorrow 1955 (Movie)

Katie Roth (Actor)

The Rose Tattoo 1955 (Movie)

Bessie (Actor)

The Family Rico (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This highly talented stage actress didn't make her film debut until she was almost 40 ("East of Eden," 1955), but it put her on the map and kept her working through the 1970s.

Relationships

Roy H Van Fleet

Father

Elizabeth Van Fleet

Mother

William Bales

Husband
married until his death in 1990

Michael Bales

Son
father Willam Bales survived her

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Sanford Meisner

College of the Pacific

Stockton , California

Milestones

1986

Appeared in "Seize the Day" with Robin Williams

1965

Appeared as the wicked stepmother in a TV adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella"

1959

Appeared in "The Glass Menagerie"; played role again in 1965

1957

Appeared in "Look Homeward, Angel" playing the role of Anthony Perkins' mother

1955

Screen debut in "East of Eden" playing James Dean's mother

1953

Appeared onstage in "The Trip to Bountiful"

1946

Broadway debut in "The Winters Tale"

1943

Stage career began at Washington's National Theater with a role in "U Harry"

Bonus Trivia

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Van Fleet received an honorary doctorate from the College of the Pacific.

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