The Info List - Jo Van Fleet

Catherine Josephine Van Fleet (December 29, 1915[1] – June 10, 1996) was a theatre and film actress from the U.S. Known primarily for playing roles older than she was, her career spanned over three decades, and she won an Academy Award
Academy Award
as well as a Tony Award.[2]


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] She was born in Oakland, California
Oakland, California
to Roy Van Fleet and Elizabeth "Bessie" Catherine (née Gardner).[citation needed] Career[edit] Van Fleet established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, beginning in 1946 as Dorcas in The Winter's Tale, and playing Regan in King Lear
King Lear
in 1950.[2] She won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 1954 for her performance as Jessie Mae Watts in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, costarring Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
and Eva Marie Saint. After her success on the stage, director Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
brought her to Hollywood
to work on screen. Kazan, who had directed her on stage in 1952's Flight to Egypt
Flight to Egypt
and 1953's Camino Real, cast her as Cathy Ames in his film adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden (1955); this was her film debut.[2] She won an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Her subsequent film work was steady through 1960, and included films such as The Rose Tattoo (1955), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), The King and Four Queens
The King and Four Queens
(1956), and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). However, her career did not progress as she had hoped. Her friend and mentor, Kazan, once said "Jo stagnated, and, since she knew it, was bitter. And as she became bitter, she became more difficult."[2] In 1958, she was nominated for a Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Look Homeward, Angel, in which she played the acquisitive mother of Anthony Perkins' character. Her later films included Wild River (1960) -- though only 46, Fleet would spend five hours every morning getting into her make-up and applying wrinkles to play the role of an 89-year-old matriarch[2] -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965), as Paul Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967), and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
(1968). Her television work included Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, Bonanza
and The Wild Wild West. Personal life[edit] Van Fleet was married to William Bales from 1946 until his death in 1990. Van Fleet died in a Jamaica, Queens
Jamaica, Queens
hospital from undisclosed causes at the age of 80. Her body was cremated and her ashes returned to her family[3]. She was survived by her son Michael Bales and grandson Arden Rogow-Bales.[4] She has a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures at 7000 Hollywood
Boulevard. Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1955 Max Liebman Spectaculars Aunt Dete episode: "Heidi"

Star Tonight Irene Rankin episode: "Concerning Death"

East of Eden Kate Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress Nominated—BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

The Philco Television Playhouse Shirley episode: "A Business Proposition"

The Rose Tattoo Bessie

I'll Cry Tomorrow Katie Roth

1956 Kraft Theatre Ma episode: "Snapfinger Creek"

The King and Four Queens Ma McDade

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mrs. Shrike episode: "Shopping for Death"

1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Kate Fisher

This Angry Age Mme. Dufresne

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Anna Kaminsky episode: "Reward to Finder"

1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Mrs. Lombe episode: "The Crazy Hunter"

1959 Alcoa Theatre Mrs. Weiss episode: "30 Pieces of Silver"

G.E. True Theatre Miss Wanda Kelsey episode: "Disaster"

1960 Wild River Ella Garth

Play of the Week Canina episode: "Volpone"

1961 The DuPont Show of the Month Callie episode: "The Night of the Storm"

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Molly episode: "Servant Problem"

Thriller Mrs. Cissy Hawk episode: "The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk"

1962 Naked City Dr. Anna Chaloupka episode: "The Night the Saints Lost Their Halos"

Frontier Circus Amelia Curtis episode: "The Courtship"

1963 Route 66 Hazel Quine episode: "The Stone Guest"

77 Sunset Strip Jane Patterson episode: "Don't Wait for Me"

1964 Summer Playhouse Velma Clarke episode: "Satan's Waitin'"

Kraft Suspense Theatre Hildy Hesse episode: "The World I Want"

1965 Cinderella Stepmother TV movie

1966 The Virginian Lee Calder episode: "Legacy of Hate"

1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Emily Cooper episode: "Verdict for Terror"

Cool Hand Luke Arletta

1968 I Love You, Alice B. Toklas Mother

1969 The Wild Wild West Amelia Bronston episode: "The Night of the Tycoons"

80 Steps to Jonah Nonna

1970 Mannix Alexandra Pulvarenti episode: "One for the Lady"

Mod Squad Annie Crabtree episode: "'A' is for Annie"

Bonanza Amy Wilder episode: "The Trouble with Amy"

1971 Great Performances Clara episode: "Paradise Lost"

Bonanza Miss Ellen Dobbs episode: "The Stillness Within"

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Big Momma

Medical Center Margaret episode: "Martyr"

1972 The Family Rico Mama Rico TV movie

1973 Medical Center Leah episode: "Time of Darkness"

Satan's School for Girls Headmistress

1976 The Tenant Madame Dioz

1977 Police Woman Irini Karabetas episode: "The Buttercup Killer"

1980 Power Mother Vanda TV movie

1986 Seize the Day Mrs. Einhorn (final film role)


^ a b Date of birth for Jo Van Fleet, californiabirthindex.org; accessed September 2, 2015. ^ a b c d e Obituary: Jo Van Fleet, independent.co.uk, June 20, 1996; accessed November 21, 2013 ^ Wilson, Scott (16 September 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books.  ^ Obituary, nytimes.com, June 11, 1996; accessed August 4, 2015.

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