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Betty Field

Betty Field
Actress Betty Field (1956) from the trailer for the film Bus Stop
Born (1913-02-08)February 8, 1913
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died September 13, 1973(1973-09-13) (aged 60)
Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
Cause of death Cerebral hemorrhage
Occupation Actress
Years active 1939–68
Spouse(s) Elmer Rice (1942–56)
Edwin J. Lukas (1957–67)
Raymond Olivere (1968–73)

Betty Field (February 8, 1913[1] – September 13, 1973) was an American film and stage actress.


  • Life and career 1
    • Personal life 1.1
  • Death 2
  • Filmography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Life and career

Born in

External links

  1. ^ Her year of birth is often erroneously stated as 1918 [2].
  2. ^ GREAT STARS OF THE AMERICAN STAGE by Daniel Blum c.1952 Profile #130
  3. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 280.  


Year Film Role
1939 What a Life Barbara Pearson
Of Mice and Men Mae
1940 Seventeen Lola Pratt
Victory Alma
1941 The Shepherd of the Hills Sammy Lane
Blues in the Night Kay Grant
1942 Kings Row Cassandra Tower
Are Husbands Necessary? Mary Elizabeth Cugat
1943 Flesh and Fantasy Henrietta
1944 The Great Moment Elizabeth Morton
Tomorrow, the World! Leona Richards
1945 The Southerner Nona Tucker
1949 The Great Gatsby Daisy Buchanan
1955 Picnic Flo Owens
1956 Bus Stop Grace
1957 Peyton Place Nellie Cross
1959 Hound-Dog Man Cora McKinney
1960 BUtterfield 8 Fanny Thurber
1962 Birdman of Alcatraz Stella Johnson
1966 7 Women Florrie Pether
1968 How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life Thelma
Coogan's Bluff Ellen Ringerman


Field died from a stroke in Hyannis, Massachusetts, aged 60.


Her first marriage, to playwright Elmer Rice, ended in divorce. The couple had three children, John, Paul and Judith. John became a lawyer, but he died in a swimming accident at age 40. Her second marriage, to Edwin J. Lukas, lasted from 1957–1967. Her third marriage, to Raymond Olivere, lasted from 1968 until her death in 1973.

Personal life

in 1968. She also appeared on television. Coogan's Bluff (1962). Her final film role was in Birdman of Alcatraz (1960) and BUtterfield 8 (1957), Peyton Place (1956), Bus Stop (1955), Picnic (1949), The Great Gatsby (1945), The Southerner (1943), Flesh and Fantasy, but returned to Hollywood regularly, appearing in The Waltz of the Toreadors's Jean Anouilh and Dream Girl's Elmer Rice and appeared in Broadway Field preferred performing on [3],The Actors Studio (1942). A life member of Kings Row. Field played supporting roles in The Shepherd of the Hills 1941 film in the John Wayne (1939) established her as a dramatic actress. She starred opposite Of Mice and Men. Following its run she returned to the United States and appeared in several stage successes, before making her film debut in 1939. Her role as Mae, the sole female character, in She Loves Me Not's farce, Howard Lindsay in London stage Field, Betty began her acting career on the [2]

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