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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Monday, August 21, 2006


Florence BatesFLORENCE BATES (1888-1954), born Florence Rabe, was a stage, screen and television actress. She was also an attorney, the first woman lawyer in Texas in 1914, before she got the acting bug at 47, enrolling in an acting school called Pasadena Playhouse. The first time I saw Florence was on the "I Love Lucy" show. Lucy always had friends on the show. I imagined Florence was one of those dear friends. She was in the episode, "Pioneer Women" and played the stuffy society woman Mrs. Pettebone. She was very good at playing wealthy snobs.

Rebecca (1940)
Haven't you seen Rebecca (1940)? She played Mrs. Edythe Van Hopper.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Lullaby of Broadway (1951) She played Mrs. Anna Hubbell.
A Letter to Three Wives (1949) She played Mrs. Manleigh.
I Remember Mama (1948) She played Florence Dana Moorhead.
Portrait of Jennie (1948) [aka Jennie (UK); Tidal Wave] She played Mrs. Jekes (landlady).

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Mon, Aug 21 2006 / 08:51:28 PST