Cara Williams, one of the last remaining actresses of the golden age of Hollywood and an Oscar nominee for her role in the 1958 film The Defiant Ones, died Thursday. She was 96 years old.
Williams’ death has been confirmed diverse From her daughter, Justin Jagoda, and her nephew, Richard Potter.
“Not only was she a brilliant actress with impeccable comedic timing, but she was also funny, exaggerated, warm-hearted and loving,” Jagoda said. diverse in the current situation. “She could make anyone laugh and smile if they had a bad day. She was everything a mother could wish for and more. It is such a sad loss to lose a woman of such an amazing age.”
Born Bernice Cammatt in Brooklyn, New York on June 29, 1925, Williams began working as an actress as a child. After the divorce of her parents, she moved to Hollywood with her mother and began to attend the Hollywood Vocational School, where she gave voiceovers in animated short films. At the age of 16, 20th Century-Fox signed Williams and began appearing in small, often unbilled parts in films such as “Wide Open Town”, “Happy Land” and “In the Meantime, Darling”.
After a role in a stage production of “Born Today,” Williams’ career took off in the late 1940s and 1950s. The actress got great supporting roles in the films “Boomerang!” and “The Girl Next Door” and “The Helen Morgan Story”. She received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance as a widowed mother in Stanley Kramer’s “The Defiant Ones,” working opposite Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis. Later she had roles in the comedies “Never Steal A Small Thing” and “The Man from Diners Club”.
Williams has also worked in television, earning an Emmy Award nomination for her lead performance as Gladys in CBS “Pete and Gladys,” the network’s spin-off of the 1950 sitcom “The December Bride.” An ongoing joke from “The December Bride” featured a supporting character played by Harry Morgan Moans From his Dukha wife, Gladys. Williams rose to this unseen role in the spin-off. Williams later starred in her series “The Cara Williams Show” alongside Frank Aletter. By the 1980s, Williams had moved away from acting.
Williams married Alan Gray in 1945. They had a daughter before divorcing two years later. In 1952, Williams married actor John Drew Barrymore, son of John Barrymore, and actor-producer John Platt Barrymore before divorcing in 1959. Williams later married Los Angeles real estate personality Asher Dunn in 1964, and the two remained married until Dan’s death in 2018. At the age of 83.