Betty Field

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Betty Field (February 8, 1913 - September 13, 1973) was a American actress.

Field was born in Boston, Massachusetts and began her acting career on the London stage in She Loves Me. She returned to the United States and appeared in several stage successes, before making her film debut in 1939.

Her role as Mae in Of Mice and Men (1939) established her as a dramatic actress, and she played supporting roles in films such as Kings Row (1942). She preferred performing on Broadway but returned to Hollywood regularly, appearing in The Great Gatsby (1949), Picnic (1955), Bus Stop (1956), Peyton Place (1957), Butterfield 8 (1960 and The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). Her final film role was in Coogan's Bluff in 1968.

Her marriage to playwright Elmer Rice ended in divorce.

She died from a cerebral haemorrhage in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

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