OccupationActress NameBetty Garde AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame
Years active1925–1971 RoleFilm actress
Full NameKatharine Elizabeth Garde BornSeptember 19, 1905 (1905-09-19) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. DiedDecember 25, 1989, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States Movies and TV showsCaged, Call Northside 777, The Real McCoys Similar PeopleAlfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Howard Da Silva, Celeste Holm, John Cromwell
Katharine Elizabeth "Betty" Garde (September 19, 1905 – December 25, 1989) was an American stage, radio, film and television actress.
Born in Philadelphia, Katherine Elizabeth Garde was starring in productions of South Philadelphia's Broadway Players by age 15. She attended the University of Pennsylvania.
On the stage since the early 1920s, Garde made her Broadway debut as Alma Borden in Easy Come, Easy Go (1925-1926) and played character roles in productions including The Social Register (1931-1932) and The Primrose Path (1939). Betty Garde created the role of Aunt Eller in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!. She also portrayed Mrs. Gordon in Agatha Sue, I Love You (1966).
After joining CBS in 1933, Garde began to work extensively in radio, performing on some three dozen shows including Lorenzo Jones, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, The Big Story, The Eddie Cantor Show (on which she played "all the women roles"), Front Page Farrell, Maudie's Diary, Perry Mason, Theatre Guild on the Air and The Fat Man. In 1934 Garde worked with Orson Welles on the CBS Radio series The American School of the Air, and she later performed in Welles radio series including Les Miserables, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, The Campbell Playhouse and Ceiling Unlimited.
Garde's most notable film role was probably in Call Northside 777 (1948), in which she played a prosecution witness whose testimony convicted an innocent man. The 5'10" Garde also had a major role in the 1950 movie Caged, as a murderous prison inmate, and in Cry of the City (1948). Her television credits include appearances on The Honeymooners (as the Kramdens' maid, Thelma) and two episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "The Midnight Sun" episode opposite Lois Nettleton.
Garde died December 25, 1989, at the age of 84 in a hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. No cause was given and there were no immediate survivors.
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