skip navigation
Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Tammy And The Bachelor / Tammy Tell Me True... Debbie Reynolds and Sandra Dee, two of Hollywood's most adored girls-next-door,... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Holiday Inn: Special Edition... Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in the... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House... New York adman Jim Blandings is ready to say goodbye to his cramped city... more info $7.99was $19.98 Buy Now

I Dream Of Jeanie DVD The life of Stephen Foster, one of America's greatest composers, unfolds against... more info $6.98was $6.98 Buy Now

The Beulah Show: Volume 1... Four lost episodes of this early TV sitcom featuring Beaulah, a black domestic,... more info $6.98was $6.98 Buy Now

Dixie Jamboree DVD When a medicine man aboard a Mississippi showboat is mistaken for a bootlegger,... more info $6.98was $6.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Louise Beaver Died: October 26, 1962
Born: March 8, 1902 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, minstrel show singer, maid

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A vivacious and prolific character player, Louise Beavers kept company with the more acclaimed Hattie McDaniel as America's foremost filmic embodiment of a "mammy", a subservient but jovial African-American maid or cook. Like McDaniel, she was heavy-set and fairly dark-skinned; her roles generally presented her as extremely cheerful, loyal (if sometimes less than bright) and distinctly asexual. Her omnipresence in US film from the 1920s through the 50s testifies to the racist stereotypes so central to the history of an entire culture, but it would be far too facile to blame players like Beavers for their involvement in such image-making. After all, typecasting placed particular limits on the roles that blacks could play and, in some sense, Beavers' persona doubtless reflected at least some of the realities of black women's social backgrounds and careers. What is also important is how players like Beavers not only became a likable part of the cultural landscape despite the limitations of their roles, but also how their best work transcends the limitations of stereotyping. Furthermore, Beavers' characters often acted as a comical "Greek chorus" commenting on the antics of her films' white stars. Thus,...

A vivacious and prolific character player, Louise Beavers kept company with the more acclaimed Hattie McDaniel as America's foremost filmic embodiment of a "mammy", a subservient but jovial African-American maid or cook. Like McDaniel, she was heavy-set and fairly dark-skinned; her roles generally presented her as extremely cheerful, loyal (if sometimes less than bright) and distinctly asexual. Her omnipresence in US film from the 1920s through the 50s testifies to the racist stereotypes so central to the history of an entire culture, but it would be far too facile to blame players like Beavers for their involvement in such image-making. After all, typecasting placed particular limits on the roles that blacks could play and, in some sense, Beavers' persona doubtless reflected at least some of the realities of black women's social backgrounds and careers. What is also important is how players like Beavers not only became a likable part of the cultural landscape despite the limitations of their roles, but also how their best work transcends the limitations of stereotyping. Furthermore, Beavers' characters often acted as a comical "Greek chorus" commenting on the antics of her films' white stars. Thus, even if no one intended any subversion, Beavers' presence could hint at the follies of racism within dominant society.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 The Facts of Life (1960) Gussie, the Gilberts' maid
2.
 All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) Rose Jones
3.
 The Goddess (1958) The Cook
4.
 Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) Osia
5.
 Teenage Rebel (1956) Willamay
6.
 Good-Bye, My Lady (1956) Bonnie Dew
7.
8.
 Never Wave at a WAC (1953) Artamosa
10.
 Colorado Sundown (1952) Mattie
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

:
Moved to Hollywood in the early 1920s working as a maid for actress Leatrice Joy
1923:
Film debut in "Gold Diggers"
1934:
Played rare second lead in the first film version of Fannie Hurst's best-selling novel, "Imitation of Life"
1952:
Played the title role in the early TV sitcom, "Beulah", for its final season; succeeded Ethel Waters and Hattie McDaniel in the role
:
Played the family housekeeper, Louise, on the first season of "The Danny Thomas Show" (a.k.a. "Make Room for Daddy"); was succeeded in the role by Amanda Randolph
1960:
Last film, "The Facts of Life"
1976:
Posthumously inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute