Cara Williams, '50s actress known for 'The Defiant Ones,'muerto en 96

Williams’ death was confirmed to Variety by her daughter Justine Jagoda and her great-nephew Richard Potter.

Not only was she a sparkling actress with impeccable comedic timing, she was also funny, over-the-top, warm-hearted and loving,” Jagoda told Variety in a statement. “She could make anyone laugh and smile if they had a bad day. She was everything that you could wish for in a mother and more. It’s a sad loss to lose a woman from this incredible era.


Cara Williams starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in her first feature, 1951's ‘We Go to Monte Carlo’.

Cara Williams starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in her first feature, 1951’s ‘We Go to Monte Carlo’. (Photo by Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Born as Bernice Kamiat in Brooklyn, N.Y. en Junio 29, 1925, Williams began working as an actress when she was a child. After her parents divorced, she relocated to Hollywood with her mother and began to attend the Hollywood Professional School, giving voice performances in cartoon shorts. A la edad 16, Williams was signed by 20th Century-Fox and began appearing in small, often unbilled parts in films such asWide Open Town,” “Happy Land” y “In the Meantime, Darling.

Following a turn in a stage production ofBorn Yesterday,” Williams career ignited in the late 1940s and ’50s. The actress earned big supporting roles inBoomerang!,” “The Girl Next Door” y “The Helen Morgan Story.She garnered an Academy Award nomination in the category of best supporting actress for her performance as a widowed mother in Stanley Kramer’sThe Defiant Ones,” acting opposite Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis. She later took on roles in comediesNever Steal Anything Small” y “The Man From the Diners’ Club.


Actress Cara Williams arrives at AMPAS' 'Oscar Noir: 1940's Writing Nominees From Hollywood's Dark Side' on May 24, 2010, en Beverly Hills, California.

Actress Cara Williams arrives at AMPAS‘Oscar Noir: 1940’s Writing Nominees From Hollywood’s Dark Side’ en mayo 24, 2010, en Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Williams also worked in television, earning an Emmy nomination for her lead performance as Gladys in CBS’Pete and Gladys,” the network’s spin-off of its 1950s sitcomDecember Bride.A running joke ofDecember Brideinvolved a supporting character played by Harry Morgan complaining about his dizzy wife, Gladys. Williams stepped into that unseen role for the spin-off series. Williams also later starred in her own series, “The Cara Williams Show,” alongside Frank Aletter. By the 1980s, Williams had stepped away from acting.

Cara Williams is survived by her son John Blyth Barrymore.

Cara Williams is survived by her son John Blyth Barrymore. (Photo by John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Williams married Alan Gray in 1945. The two had a daughter before divorcing after two years. En 1952, Williams wed actor John Drew Barrymore, son of John Barrymore, and the two produced actor John Blythe Barrymore before divorcing in 1959. Williams later wed Los Angeles real estate figure Asher Dann in 1964. The two remained married until Dann’s death in 2018 a la edad de 83.




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