Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Bess Flowers

Born: 23 November 1898, Sherman, Texas, USA
Died: 28 July 1984, Woodlands Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the most prolific supporting actresses and bit part players, making over 900 appearances in film and television. She was a dress extra, which means she would bring her own clothes, appropriate for the part, and had a large collection of costumes.

We Faw Down (1928) as Mrs. Laurel

With Stan Laurel.


















Sinister Hands (1932) as Mary Browne



















The Golden Arrow (1936) as Miss Hackett (uncredited)



















It's Love I'm After (1937) as Audience member (uncredited)

Can you spot Bess in this picture? I think she is in an aisle seat towards the right of the picture.













Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940) as Miss Roberts (uncredited)



















Career Girl (1944) as Miss Cunningham, Mr. Dexter's Secretary (uncredited)





















Double Indemnity (1944) as Norton's Secretary (uncredited)



















The Missing Corpse (1945) as Office worker (uncredited)

In the foreground is J. Edward Bromberg. Bess is wearing the same dress she wore in Double Indemnity.


















State Fair (1945) as Horse Race Spectator (uncredited)

This is Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain in the horse race scene. As they cuddle there is a brief glimpse of a tall blonde lady between the people to the left of the picture. It is my assumption that this is Bess, who is almost missed in this film.














The Perils of Pauline (1947) as Reporter

Bess Flowers can be seen at the back of the picture behind William Demarest. Betty Hutton is on the right.
















Magic Town (1947) as Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)

Bess whispers in Harry Holman's ear while Wallace Ford on the right waits.

















Born to be Bad (1950) as Mrs. Worthington

Bess Flowers is the tall lady in the middle. She is flanked by Hazel Boyne on her right and Joy Hallward in the dark outfit on her left.
















The Fly (1958) as Lady at the ballet

Bess Flowers is on the far right.






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