Character actress, Jo Van Fleet, was born on Dec 30, 1914 in Oakland, CA. Van Fleet died at the age of 81 on Jun 10, 1996 in Queens, New York City .
Incisive and fiercely dominant, Jo Van Fleet made her name by playing women older than herself. Almost entirely a stage personality, she stopped off in Hollywood just long enough to win an Academy Award for her first screen role as James Dean's mother (at 35) in "East of Eden".(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
Jo Van Fleet was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actress for East of Eden (as Kate) in 1955.
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.
Chuck Glover: [Referring to his drunkenness] I apologize for the other night.
Ella Garth: First and only time I ever liked you!
[Slams the door in his face]
Kate: [after Cal asks why she shot his father] Because he tried to hold me, he tried to tie me down! Nobody holds me!
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