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Occupation
  
Actress

Children
  
Michael Bales

Role
  
Theatre actress

Name
  
Jo Fleet

Years active
  
1954–1986


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Full Name
  
Catherine Josephine Van Fleet

Born
  
December 29, 1915 (
1915-12-29
)

Died
  
June 10, 1996, Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States

Spouse
  
William Bales (m. 1946–1990)

Parents
  
Roy Van Fleet, Elizabeth Bessie Catherine Gardner

Movies
  
East of Eden, Cool Hand Luke, Wild River, Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Tenant

Similar People
  
Elia Kazan, Rhonda Fleming, Barbara Ruick, Stuart Rosenberg, Pat Carroll

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Catherine Josephine Van Fleet (December 29, 1915 – June 10, 1996) was an American theatre and film actress. Known primarily for playing roles older than she was, her career spanned over three decades, and she won an Academy Award as well as a Tony Award.

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Career

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Born in Oakland, California to Roy Van Fleet and Elizabeth "Bessie" Catherine (née Gardner), Jo Van Fleet established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, beginning in 1946 as Dorcas in The Winter's Tale, and playing Regan in King Lear, opposite Louis Calhern, in 1950. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 1954 for her performance as Jessie Mae Watts in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, costarring Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint.

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After her success on the stage, director Elia Kazan brought her to Hollywood to work on screen. Kazan, who had directed her on stage in 1952's Flight to Egypt and 1953's Camino Real, cast her as Cathy Ames in his film adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden (1955); this was her film debut. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Her subsequent film work was steady through 1960, and included such films as The Rose Tattoo (1955), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). However, her career did not progress as she had hoped. Her friend and mentor, Kazan, once said "Jo stagnated, and, since she knew it, was bitter. And as she became bitter, she became more difficult."

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In 1958, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Look Homeward, Angel, in which she played the acquisitive mother of Anthony Perkins' character. Her later films included Wild River (1960) -- though only 46, Fleet would spend five hours every morning getting into her make-up and applying wrinkles to play the role of an 89-year-old matriarch -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (1965), as Paul Newman's mother in Cool Hand Luke (1967), and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968). Her television work included Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, Bonanza and The Wild Wild West.

Personal life

Van Fleet was married to William Bales from 1946 until his death in 1990. Van Fleet died in a Jamaica, Queens hospital from undisclosed causes at the age of 80. Her interment was at Flushing Cemetery. She was survived by her son Michael Bales, and a grandson, Arden Rogow-Bales.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures, at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.

Filmography

Actress
1986
Seize the Day as
Mrs. Einhorn
1980
Power (TV Movie) as
Mother Vanda
1977
Police Woman (TV Series) as
Irini Karabetas
- The Buttercup Killer (1977) - Irini Karabetas
1976
The Tenant as
Madame Dioz
1973
Satan's School for Girls (TV Movie) as
Headmistress
1971
Medical Center (TV Series) as
Leah / Margaret
- Time of Darkness (1973) - Leah
- Martyr (1971) - Margaret
1972
The Family Rico (TV Movie) as
Mama Rico
1971
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight as
Big Momma
1970
Bonanza (TV Series) as
Ellen Dobbs / Amy Wilder
- The Stillness Within (1971) - Ellen Dobbs
- The Trouble with Amy (1970) - Amy Wilder
1971
Great Performances (TV Series) as
Clara
- Paradise Lost (1971) - Clara
1970
Mod Squad (TV Series) as
Annie Crabtree
- 'A' Is for Annie (1970) - Annie Crabtree
1970
Mannix (TV Series) as
Alexandra Pulvarenti
- One for the Lady (1970) - Alexandra Pulvarenti
1969
80 Steps to Jonah as
Nonna
1969
The Wild Wild West (TV Series) as
Amelia Bronston
- The Night of the Tycoons (1969) - Amelia Bronston
1968
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! as
Mrs. Fine - Harold's mother
1967
Cool Hand Luke as
Arletta
1967
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) as
Emily Cooper
- Verdict for Terror (1967) - Emily Cooper
1967
NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series) as
The Old Woman
- Good Day (1967) - The Old Woman
1966
The Virginian (TV Series) as
Lee Calder
- Legacy of Hate (1966) - Lee Calder
1965
Cinderella (TV Movie) as
Stepmother
1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series) as
Hildy Hesse
- The World I Want (1964) - Hildy Hesse
1964
Summer Playhouse (TV Series) as
Velma Clarke
- Satan's Waitin' (1964) - Velma Clarke
1963
77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) as
Jane Patterson
- Don't Wait for Me (1963) - Jane Patterson
1963
Route 66 (TV Series) as
Hazel Quine
- The Stone Guest (1963) - Hazel Quine
1962
Frontier Circus (TV Series) as
Amelia Curtis
- The Courtship (1962) - Amelia Curtis
1962
Naked City (TV Series) as
Dr. Anna Chaloupka
- The Night the Saints Lost Their Halos (1962) - Dr. Anna Chaloupka
1961
Thriller (TV Series) as
Mrs. Cissy Hawk
- The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk (1961) - Mrs. Cissy Hawk
1956
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) as
Molly / Anna Kaminsky / Mrs. Shrike
- Servant Problem (1961) - Molly
- Reward to Finder (1957) - Anna Kaminsky
- Shopping for Death (1956) - Mrs. Shrike
1959
The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) as
Callie / Mother
- The Night of the Storm (1961) - Callie
- The Human Comedy (1959) - Mother
1960
Play of the Week (TV Series) as
Frieda / Canina
- Four by Tennessee (1961) - Frieda
- Volpone (1960) - Canina
1960
Wild River as
Ella Garth
1959
General Electric Theater (TV Series) as
Miss Wanda Kelsey
- Disaster (1959) - Miss Wanda Kelsey
1959
Alcoa Theatre (TV Series) as
Mrs. Weiss
- 30 Pieces of Silver (1959) - Mrs. Weiss
1958
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series) as
Mrs. Lombe
- The Crazy Hunter (1958) - Mrs. Lombe
1957
This Angry Age as
Mme. Dufresne
1957
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as
Kate Fisher
1956
The King and Four Queens as
Ma McDade
1955
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) as
Ma
- Snapfinger Creek (1956) - Ma
- The Thieving Magpie (1956)
- Lady Ruth (1955)
1956
Encounter (TV Series) as
Catherine
- The Painted Blind (1956) - Catherine
1955
The Rose Tattoo as
Bessie
1955
I'll Cry Tomorrow as
Katie Roth
1952
The Philco Television Playhouse (TV Series) as
Shirley
- A Business Proposition (1955) - Shirley
- The Assassin (1955)
- The Thin Air (1952)
1955
Max Liebman Spectaculars (TV Series) as
Aunt Dete
- Heidi (1955) - Aunt Dete
1953
Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- Trapped (1955)
- The Piano Tuner (1954)
- The Last Tour (1953)
1955
East of Eden as
Kate
1954
Danger (TV Series)
- Journey with a Lady (1955)
- Death Is My Neighbor (1954)
1955
Star Tonight (TV Series) as
Irene Rankin
- Concerning Death (1955) - Irene Rankin
1955
Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Joe's Boy (1955)
1954
Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
- Hour of Darkness (1954)
1954
The Mask (TV Series)
- The Party Night (1954)
1954
Suspense (TV Series)
- Before the Act (1954)
1954
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Morning Star (1954)
1954
Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
- Reville for Two Angels (1954)
1951
Cosmopolitan Theatre (TV Series)
- One Red Rose for Christmas (1951)
1949
Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- Joe McSween's Atomic Machine (1950) - (unconfirmed)
- Concerning a Woman of Sin (1949)
- Joe McSween's Atomic Machine (1949) - (unconfirmed)
Soundtrack
1965
Cinderella (TV Movie) (performer: "When You're Driving Through the Moonlight")
Self
2013
James Dean's Lost Slideshow (Documentary)
1997
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Memorial Tribute
1987
Moving Image Salutes Elia Kazan (TV Special) as
Self - Speaker
1975
The Film Society Of Lincoln Center Annual Gala Tribute to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (TV Movie) as
Self
1960
The 14th Annual Tony Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Presenter
1956
The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #10.10 (1956) - Self
- Episode #9.24 (1956) - Self
1956
The 28th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
Self - Winner & Presenter
Archive Footage
2010
Colorspace Vol. 1 (Video) as
Mother
2005
East of Eden: Art in Search of Life (Video documentary short) as
Kate
2005
American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
Actress 'East of Eden'
- James Dean: Sense Memories (2005) - Actress 'East of Eden'
1990
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives, Tragic Deaths (Video documentary)

References

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