Betty Field


Actor
Betty Field

About

Birth Place
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Born
February 08, 1918
Died
September 13, 1973
Cause of Death
Cerebral Hemorrhage

Biography

Actress Betty Field appeared in movies, television, and theater productions during a career that spanned three decades. Field began her acting career with a role in a London production of "She Loves Me Not." By the late 1930s, however, Field had returned to the U.S., and promptly launched her movie career. One of her first roles was in the classic 1939 film "Of Mice and Men" (playing the...

Photos & Videos

Family & Companions

Elmer Rice
Husband
Playwright. Married 1942-56.

Biography

Actress Betty Field appeared in movies, television, and theater productions during a career that spanned three decades. Field began her acting career with a role in a London production of "She Loves Me Not." By the late 1930s, however, Field had returned to the U.S., and promptly launched her movie career. One of her first roles was in the classic 1939 film "Of Mice and Men" (playing the character Mae), and further movie appearances followed throughout the 1940s (including 1949's "The Great Gatsby"), before Field made the transition to television. Beginning in the 1950s (and for the remainder of her career), Field's main focus was television, with roles on such programs as "The Untouchables" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," although she did nab a Laurel Award nomination in 1958 for her work in the film "Peyton Place." After 1968, Field retired from acting altogether, and on September 13, 1973, she died in Hyannis, Massachusetts, from a stroke (at the age of 60).

Life Events

1934

Broadway acting debut

1939

Film acting debut in "What a Life!"

Photo Collections

Of Mice and Men - Lobby Card Set
Of Mice and Men - Lobby Card Set
Kings Row - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Warner Bros' Kings Row (1942), starring Robert Cummings, Ann Sheridan, and Ronald Reagan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Of Mice And Men (1939) - Seen It The Other Night Pouting Mae (Betty Field) is disgusted by the dining habits of her despicable ranch-hand spouse Curley (Bob Steele) and his boss Jackson (Oscar O'Shea), in this near-pantomime from Lewis Milestone's Of Mice And Men, 1939, from John Steinbeck's novel.
Of Mice And Men (1939) - Down By The River Ranch-hand George (Burgess Meredith) is making sure slow-witted pal Lenny (Lon Chaney Jr.) doesn't get in trouble with vampy Mae (Betty Field) or her husband Curley (Bob Steele) in Of Mice And Men, 1939, from John Steinbeck's novel.
Peyton Place (1957) - Fathers And Husbands And Marriage Beloved but impoverished maid Nellie (Betty Field) arrives, greeted by her employer Constance (Lana Turner, her first scene) and lively daughter Allison (Diane Varsi), early in Mark Robson's Peyton Place, the hit 1957 adaptation of the Grace Metalious novel.
Southerner, The (1945) - Grow Your Own Crops Uncle Pete (Paul Burns) goes down in a Texas cotton field, Sam (Zachary Scott) and Nona (Betty Field) ministering as best they can, the first dramatic scene from Jean Renoir's independent American film, The Southerner, 1945.
Southerner, The (1945) - As Good As Any Man Granny (Beulah Bondi) griping as Sam (Zachary Scott) and Nona (Betty Field) arrive at their new share-cropping farm, artfully presented in director Jean Renoir's American pastoral, The Southerner, 1945.
Blues In The Night (1941) - It Got Too Hot Vampy Kay (Betty Field) negotiating with escaped convict and ex-gang boss Del (Lloyd Nolan) then trampling on her lackey semi-boyfriend Brad (Wallace Ford) in a grim scene from Anatole Litvak's Blues In The Night, 1941.
Kings Row (1942) - I Never See People Parris (Robert Cummings) makes a surreptitious visit to Cassie (Betty Field), his childhood romance whom he's not been allowed to see while he spends his days studying medicine with her doctor father, tumult in Warner Bros.' Kings Row, 1942.
Picnic (1955) -- Goon-Face Drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) observed by Rosemary (Rosalind Russell) then observing Bomber (Nick Adams), Millie (Susan Strasberg), sister Madge (Kim Novak) and mother Flo (Betty Field), in Joshua Logan's Picnic, 1955.
Blues in the Night - Opening Credits Opening credits hardly suggest what's in store in Anatole Litvak's musical-crime-romance-comedy Blues in the Night, 1941, starring Priscilla Lane, Jack Carson, Elia Kazan and Richard Whorf.

Companions

Elmer Rice
Husband
Playwright. Married 1942-56.

Bibliography