Jo Van Fleet (December 30 1914 – June 10 1996) was an Academy Award-winning American theater and film actress.
Van Fleet established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint.
Her first film role, as the mother of the James Dean character in East of Eden (1955), brought her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her subsequent film work was very sporadic, and included such films as The Rose Tattoo, I'll Cry Tomorrow (both 1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), Wild River (1960), Cool Hand Luke (1967), and I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968).
Van Fleet was married to William Bales from 1946 until his death in 1990, and was the mother of Michael Bales, who survives her. She died in Queens, New York of undisclosed causes at the...
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Jo Van Fleet died in Jamaica, New York, Queens, New York
The Tenant (French: Le Locataire) is a 1976 psychological thriller/horror film directed by Roman Polanski based upon the 1964 novel Le locataire chimérique by Roland Topor. It is also known under the French title Le Locataire. It co-stars actress Isabelle Adjani.This film does not clearly say whether the main character is mad or not, contrary to the previous entries in Polanski's Apartment Trilogy. Therefore a lot of theories have been made about it.This article contains a trivia section.The article could be improved by integrating relevant items into the main text and removing inappropriate items.Trelkovsky: These days, relationships with neighbors can be... quite complicated. You know, little things that get blown up out of all proportion? You know what I mean?Stella's Friend: No, no I don't. I mind my own business.Trelkovsky: I am not Simone Choule!Trelkovsky: [talking to himself] [he opens a box and takes out a pair of shoes] Oh! My! Where did you find these? They are beautiful!...,
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight is a novel written by Jimmy Breslin. A film of the same name was released in 1971, directed by James Goldstone. The novel is a roman à clef of the life of Joe Gallo whose fictional counterpart is played by Jerry Orbach in the film.
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Released at the height of the hippie era, the film I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) tells the story of one Harold Fine (Peter Sellers), a self-described "square" lawyer, and his theatrical mother played by Jo Van Fleet.
The movie was directed by Hy Averback.
Harold Fine is set to marry his longtime girlfriend Joyce, but Harold is having deep second thoughts. He encounters his brother, a hippie living in Venice Beach, and falls for an attractive flower power hippie girl (played by Leigh Taylor-Young) who has a knack for making pot brownies (hence the title of the film). Harold ends up running out of his wedding to live with the hippie girl and attempts to find himself as well with the aid of a guru (or does he?).
East of Eden is a 1955 film, directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on part of the 1952 novel of the same name by US author John Steinbeck.It stars Julie Harris, James Dean (in his first major screen role), and Raymond Massey; it also features Burl Ives, Richard Davalos and Jo Van Fleet, and was adapted by Paul Osborn and John Steinbeck (uncredited).The story is set in 1917, during World War I, in the central California coastal towns of Monterey and Salinas. Cal (Caleb) (James Dean) and Aron (Richard Davalos) are the young adult sons of a modestly successful farmer and wartime draft board chairman named Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Cal is moody and embittered by his belief that his father loves only Aron.The Trask family has a farm in the fertile Salinas valley. Although both Cal and Aron had been led to believe that their mother had died "and gone to heaven" (or East of Eden. In fact, Adam is a deeply religious man) , the opening scene reveals that Cal knows that...,
Jo Van Fleet was born in Oakland, California, Alameda County