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Cara Williams is a Actor American born on 29 june 1925 at Brooklyn (USA)

Cara Williams

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Birth name Bernice Kamiat
Nationality USA
Birth 29 june 1925 (94 years) at Brooklyn (USA)

Cara Williams (born June 29, 1925) is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her role as Billy's Mother in The Defiant Ones (1958), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for her role as Gladys Porter on the television series Pete and Gladys, which ran from 1960-1962 and for which she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy.


Born Bernice Kamiat in Flatbush, Brooklyn, the daughter of New York-born Florence "Flora" (née Schwartz 1897-1990), whose parents were Romanian-Jewish immigrants, and Benjamin Kamiat, an immigrant from Austria. Benny Kamiat was a well-known figure in Brooklyn and a journalist for the Brooklyn Eagle. Her mother worked as a manicurist next to Brooklyn's Albee Theatre, where she would leave her daughter Bernice with the theatre owners to babysit. Young Bernice began making impersonations of all the screen stars she watched in the movies there, and knew she wanted to be an actress. Her parents divorced, and her mother relocated her to Los Angeles, where she chose Cara Williams as her stage name and attended the Hollywood Professional School. Soon, she began performing in radio and at the age of 16 in 1941, she was signed to a film contract and began performing in bit roles, credited as Bernice Kay.

Williams married Alan Gray in 1945; they had a daughter, Cathy Gray, but the marriage ended after two years. Williams then married John Drew Barrymore, the father of Drew Barrymore, in 1952. The marriage was troubled and they divorced in 1959. Their son, John Blyth Barrymore, is a former actor. She is currently married to her third husband, Los Angeles real estate entrepreneur Asher Dann. Williams grew up in the same neighborhood as Oscar-winning actress Susan Hayward.

Best films

The Defiant Ones (1958)
Monte Carlo Baby (1952)

Usually with

Lyle Wheeler
Lyle Wheeler
(3 films)
Reed Hadley
Reed Hadley
(3 films)
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Cara Williams (20 films)

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The White Buffalo, 1h37
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Horror, Western
Themes Films about animals
Actors Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Slim Pickens, Clint Walker
Roles Cassie Ollinger
Rating61% 3.0977653.0977653.0977653.0977653.097765
Wild Bill Hickok is haunted by his dreams of a giant white buffalo. So much that he travels the West to find the beast. Along the way, Hickok meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching the plains for the giant white buffalo, who has killed Crazy Horse's daughter. Hickok and Crazy Horse team up to kill the elusive buffalo.
Doctors' Wives, 1h41
Directed by George Schaefer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Dyan Cannon, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Richard Crenna, Rachel Roberts, Janice Rule
Roles Maggie Gray
Rating44% 2.220582.220582.220582.220582.22058
While playing cards with her girlfriends, all of whom suspect their doctor husbands of having affairs, Lorrie Dellman volunteers to seduce each of them to find out more.
The Man from the Diners' Club, 1h36
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Danny Kaye, Cara Williams, Martha Hyer, Telly Savalas, Everett Sloane, George Kennedy
Roles Sugar Pye
Rating62% 3.101353.101353.101353.101353.10135
Foots Pulardos is a mobster who intends to go on the lam to Mexico with his moll, Sugar Pye. In the meantime, he applies for a Diner's Club card that is mistakenly approved by a meek clerk, Ernie Klenk, who is told to go get it back.
The Defiant Ones, 1h37
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Buddy films, Chase films
Actors Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Charles McGraw, King Donovan
Roles Billy's mother
Rating75% 3.796893.796893.796893.796893.79689
The film starts with a truck driving at night. It swerves to miss another truck and crashes through a barrier. The rescuers clear up the debris and cover the people killed... mainly prisoners in the back. It is revealed that two are missing: a black man shackled to a white man, because "the warden had a sense of humor". They are told not to look too hard as "they will probably kill each other in the first five miles". Nevertheless a large posse and many bloodhounds are dispatched the next morning to find them.
A Face in the Crowd, 2h6
Directed by Elia Kazan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about television, Musical films, Political films
Actors Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick, Marshall Neilan
Roles Nurse
Rating81% 4.0968354.0968354.0968354.0968354.096835
In late 1950s America, a drunken drifter, Larry Rhodes (Andy Griffith), is plucked out of a rural Arkansas jail by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) to sing on a radio show at station KGRK. His raw voice, folksy humor and personal charm bring about a strong local following, and he lands a television show in Memphis, Tennessee under the stage name "Lonesome" Rhodes, given to him on a whim by Jeffries.
The Helen Morgan Story, 1h58
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson, Gene Evans, Alan King, Cara Williams
Roles Dolly Evans
Rating63% 3.1980353.1980353.1980353.1980353.198035
Helen Morgan begins her career as a Chicago carnival dancer. She catches the eye of fast-talking, double-dealing Larry Maddux, whose promotion catapults her to fame as a Broadway performer in Show Boat and a headliner in her own nightclub.
Meet Me in Las Vegas, 1h52
Directed by Roy Rowland
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Henreid, Jim Backus, Lena Horne
Roles Kelly Donavan
Rating61% 3.0511453.0511453.0511453.0511453.051145
Le film se déroule à l'intérieur et aux alentours de l'hôtel Sands à Las Vegas; un joueur découvre que tout ce qu'il a à faire pour gagner à la roulette est de prendre la main d'une danseuse.
The Girl Next Door, 1h32
Directed by Richard Sale
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes La bande dessinée, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Dan Dailey, June Haver, Dennis Day, Billy Gray, Cara Williams, Natalie Schafer
Roles Rosie Green
Rating64% 3.242893.242893.242893.242893.24289
A popular performer, Jeannie Laird decides to buy her first house and celebrate with a big party. The guests' enjoyment is interfered with by the happenings at the home of the next door neighbor, Bill Carter.
Monte Carlo Baby, 1h10
Directed by Jean Boyer
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Audrey Hepburn, Jules Munshin, Cara Williams, Marcel Dalio, Philippe Lemaire, Russell Collins
Rating60% 3.0100253.0100253.0100253.0100253.010025
À Londres, lors de la fermeture en urgence d'une crèche pour crainte d’épidémie, le bébé d’une jeune vedette britannique est par erreur remis à l’orchestre français de Ray Ventura en partance pour Monte-Carlo. Les musiciens s’attachent rapidement au nourrisson tandis que la nurse alarmée part à sa recherche. La jeune vedette récupérera son bébé sain et sauf, à Monte-Carlo à l’issue de quiproquos et de situations confuses au rythme des chansons entraînantes de l’orchestre…
Knock on Any Door, 3h20
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts, Mickey Knox, Barry Kelley
Roles Nelly Watkins
Rating67% 3.396663.396663.396663.396663.39666
Against the wishes of his law partners, lawyer Andrew Morton (Humphrey Bogart) takes the case of Nick Romano (John Derek), a troubled young man from the slums, partly because he himself came from the same slums, and partly because he feels guilty for botching the criminal trial of Nick's father years earlier (he was innocent). Nick is on trial for viciously killing a policeman point-blank and faces execution if convicted (the event is shown in a dark opening scene, but the killer's face is not seen).
The Saxon Charm, 1h28
Directed by Claude Binyon
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Montgomery, Susan Hayward, John Payne, Audrey Totter, Harry Morgan, Cara Williams
Roles Dolly
Rating67% 3.3739553.3739553.3739553.3739553.373955
In a hospital, theatrical producer Matt Saxon is introduced to writer Eric Busch, and ends up offering to produce Eric's new play with financing from millionaire Zack Humber.
Boomerang! (1947)
, 1h28
Directed by Elia Kazan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Documentary, Noir, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, Cara Williams, Karl Malden
Roles Irene Nelson
Rating71% 3.5969253.5969253.5969253.5969253.596925
A priest is shot dead on a Bridgeport, Connecticut street at night. The police, led by Chief Robinson (Cobb), fail to immediately find the murderer. It soon becomes a political hot potato, with the police accused of incompetence, and the city's reform-minded administration comes under attack. Robinson and the prosecutor Henry Harvey (Andrews) come under severe pressure by political leaders to find the killer or bring in outside help.
The Spider
The Spider (1945)
, 1h3
Directed by Robert D. Webb
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Richard Conte, Kurt Kreuger, Faye Marlowe, John Harvey, Martin Kosleck, Mantan Moreland
Roles Wanda Vann
Rating62% 3.1279153.1279153.1279153.1279153.127915
A private detective is pursued by both police and a mysterious killer.