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Cara Williams

Cara Williams

Highest Rated: 90% The Defiant Ones (1958)

Lowest Rated: 17% The White Buffalo (1977)

Birthday: Jun 29, 1925

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

A former child actor, Cara Williams was a steady presence in features and television from the 1940s through the 60s. Born Bernice Kamiat in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began as a child performer and moved to L.A. as a teenager. After providing voices for animated shorts, she caught the attention of talent scouts and was signed to a contract by 20th Century Fox. Her debut was in the slice of Americana "Happy Land" (1943), which featured Don Ameche, Frances Dee and Ann Rutherford. The buxom blonde went on to appear in supporting parts in musicals ("Something for the Boys" 1944; "Meet Me in Las Vegas" 1956), comedies ("The Saxon Charm" 1948) and dramas (Elia Kazan's "Boomerang" 1947). It was not until a supporting turn as Alan King's brassy girlfriend in 1957's "The Helen Morgan Story," however, that Williams earned substantial critical acclaim for her work. The following year, she had what was arguably the best role of her career: a young widowed mother who encounters two escaped convicts (Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis) in "The Defiant Ones" (1958), which earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Williams followed with two turns as a mobster's moll in "Never Steal Anything Small" (1959) and "The Man From the Diner's Club" (1963) and earned praise as an alcoholic divorcee opposite Carroll O'Connor in the soap operish "Doctors' Wives" (1971). She made a cameo appearance in J Lee Thompson's "White Buffalo" (1977) and appeared in the detective thriller "One Man Jury" (1978). Williams began making frequent appearances on the small screen in the anthology series of the late 40s and 50s (i.e., "Philco Television Playhouse," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"). She co-starred as Harry Morgan's scatterbrained wife on "Pete and Gladys" (CBS, 1960-62) and headlined her own sitcom "The Cara Williams Show" (CBS, 1964-65). In the latter, she was the wife of a co-worker forced by company policy to pretend they were not married. Williams last series stint to date was in support of Valerie Harper's "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-75) for that show's first season.From 1952 until 1959, Williams was married to actor John Barrymore Jr. Cara Williams died on December 9, 2021 at the age of 96.

Highest rated movies

90% The Defiant Ones
76% Boomerang!
20% Doctors' Wives
17% The White Buffalo

Photos

NEVER STEAL ANYTHING SMALL, Cara Williams, 1959 HAPPY LAND, Cara Williams, 1943, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY, Cara Williams, wearing diamond and pearl necklace and earrings from Hobe Jewelry, 1953 THE DEFIANT ONES, Tony Curtis, Cara Williams, 1958 THE MAN FROM THE DINER'S CLUB, Cara Williams, 1963 BOOMERANG!, Cara Williams, 1947, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. THE MAN FROM THE DINER'S CLUB, Telly Savalas, Cara Williams, Danny Kaye, 1963. NEVER STEAL ANYTHING SMALL, from left: Cara Williams, James Cagney, between scenes, 1959 WIDE OPEN TOWN, Victor Jory, William Boyd, Cara Williams, 1941 WIDE OPEN TOWN, Morris Ankrum, Andy Clyde, Cara Williams, William Boyd, Russell Hayden, 1941 THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY, Cara Williams, Red Skelton, 1953 THE HELEN MORGAN STORY, from left: Alan King, Cara Williams, Paul Newman, 1957 THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY, Dorothy Stickney, Cara Williams, Ed Fury, Red Skelton, Reginald Owen, 1953 THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY, James Whitmore, Cara Williams, George Mathews, Red Skelton, 1953 THE DEFIANT ONES, Tony Curtis, Cara Williams, Sidney Poitier, 1958 THE HELEN MORGAN STORY, Walter Winchell, Ann Blyth, Cara Williams, 1957 THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY, Cara Williams, 1953 THE GREAT DIAMOND ROBBERY, from left: Cara Williams, James Whitmore, Red Skelton (in photograph three times), George Mathews, Dorothy Stickney, 1954 BOOMERANG!, Cara Williams, Dana Andrews, 1947. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. DOCTORS' WIVES, Marian McCargo, Cara Williams, Dyan Cannon, Janice Rule, Rachel Roberts, 1971

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 0% One Man Jury Nancy (Character) - 1978
17% 51% The White Buffalo Cassie Ollinger (Character) - 1977
20% No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Maggie Gray (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 43% The Man From the Diner's Club Sugar Pye (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Steal Anything Small Winnipeg Simmons (Character) - 1959
90% 88% The Defiant Ones Billy's Mother (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 33% The Helen Morgan Story Dolly Evans (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 38% Monte Carlo Baby Marinette (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Diamond Robbery Maggie Drumman (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 71% The Girl Next Door Rosie Grren (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Saxon Charm Dolly Humber (Character) - 1948
76% 64% Boomerang! Irene Nelson (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Juan Quilligan Fifth Ave. Florist salesgirl (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wide Open Town Joan Stuart (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rhoda Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mona Cameron (Character) 1956-1957 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1950