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Also Known As: Florence Rabe Died: January 1, 1954
Born: April 15, 1888 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: San Antonio, Texas, USA Profession: actor, lawyer, businesswoman

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Main Street to Broadway (1953) Mrs. Bessmer, fantasy seq
2.
 Paris Model (1953) Nora Sullivan
3.
 Les Miserables (1952) Madame Bonnet
4.
 The San Francisco Story (1952) Sadie
5.
 Lullaby of Broadway (1951) Mrs. Hubbell
6.
 The Tall Target (1951) Mrs. Charlotte Alsop
7.
 Havana Rose (1951) Mrs. Fillmore
8.
 Father Takes the Air (1951) Minerva Bobbin
9.
 Belle of Old Mexico (1950) Nellie Chatfield
10.
 County Fair (1950) Nora "Ma" Ryan
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Education

Pasadena Playhouse: Pasadena , California -

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