Natalie Schafer


Actor

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
November 05, 1900
Died
April 10, 1991
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

A stage-trained actress, Natalie Schafer entered films in 1944 and from the 1950s played numerous supporting roles often as rich, bubbly-headed matrons. She was perhaps best known as Lovey, the stranded wife of millionaire banker Thurston Howell III (played by Jim Backus) on the popular TV comedy "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67), Schafer was married to actor Louis Calhern from 1934 to ...

Family & Companions

Louis Calhern
Husband
Actor. Married April 20, 1933, divorced 1942; died 1956.

Biography

A stage-trained actress, Natalie Schafer entered films in 1944 and from the 1950s played numerous supporting roles often as rich, bubbly-headed matrons. She was perhaps best known as Lovey, the stranded wife of millionaire banker Thurston Howell III (played by Jim Backus) on the popular TV comedy "Gilligan's Island" (CBS, 1964-67), Schafer was married to actor Louis Calhern from 1934 to 1942, with whom she co-starred on stage.

Life Events

1927

New York stage debut in "Trigger"

1944

Film debut, "Marriage Is a Private Affair"

1964

Had perhaps best known role as Lovey Howell on the sitcom "Gilligan's Island"

1989

Final film role in "Beverly Hills Brats"

Videos

Movie Clip

Callaway Went Thataway (1951) - What Would You Say To A Martini? Now in Hollywood, reluctantly convinced to pretend he’s the missing old-time singing cowboy who’s become a TV star, Howard Keel as Shep, impersonating “Smoky Callaway,” escorted by his de facto agents (Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire) blunders with MGM celebrities (Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable) at Mocambo, then with the sponsor and wife (Fay Roope, Natalie Schaefer) in Callaway Went Thataway, 1951.
Callaway Went Thataway (1951) - There Is No Smoky Callaway We’ve just met Fred MacMurray as TV ad-man Mike Frye, who introduces Dorothy McGuire as his partner, and through exposition we find out that the old movie singing cowboy they’ve turned into a TV star is missing, Jesse White as his old agent, in Callaway Went Thataway, 1951.
Callaway Went Thataway (1951) - He Died With His Regiment Unable to find washed-up singing cowboy Callaway, who they’ve made a TV star using his old movie serials, Hollywood advertising partners Mike and Deb (Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire) track down the real cowboy (Howard Keel, who also plays Callaway), who wrote to complain because he’s a dead-ringer for the guy, in MGM’s Callaway Went Thataway, 1951.
Snake Pit, The (1948) - Before It's Too Late Shrink doctor Kik (Leo Genn) with more beaurocratic colleagues (Natalie Shafer as Miss Seifert, Howard Freeman, Frank Conroy, et al) arguing his case in the staff dining hall, in Anatole Litvak's The Snake Pit, 1948.
Anastasia (1956) - I'm Not Being Sarcastic Ingrid Bergman, who's really just a mental patient trained by a charlatan Russian exile general (Yul Brynner), is presented in 1928 Paris as the lost daughter of the murdered Tsar, whose one-time chamberlain (Felix Aylmer) is the toughest judge, in Anastasia, 1956.
Molly And Me (1945) - I Do Hope Your Ladyship Approves From the top, English superstar Gracie Fields as the title character, eager to disguise the theatrical boarding house she runs, Queenie Leonard and Edith Barrett her compatriots, Natalie Schafer (from Gillian’s Island) visiting, in Molly And Me, 1945, with Monty Woolley and Roddy McDowall.
Secret Beyond The Door - Eyes Touching Me Encouraged to enjoy her stay in Mexico, Celia (Joan Bennett) with pal Edith (Natalie Schafer) witnessing a street fight, and narrating her first sighting of Mark (Michael Redgrave), in Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond The Door, 1948.

Trailer

Family

Charles Schafer
Father
Stockbroker.
Jane Schafer
Mother

Companions

Louis Calhern
Husband
Actor. Married April 20, 1933, divorced 1942; died 1956.

Bibliography