Mary Field (born Olivia Rockefeller; June 10, 1909 – June 12, 1996)[1] was an American film actress who primarily appeared in supporting roles.

Mary Field
Field in Slander House (1938)
Olivia Rockefeller

(1909-06-10)June 10, 1909
DiedJune 12, 1996(1996-06-12) (aged 87)
Years active1937–1963
Spouse(s)Allan Douglas
(m. 194?; div. 194?)
James Madison Walters II
(m. 19??; died 1982)

Early life edit

She was born in New York City. As a child, she never knew her biological parents; during her infancy, she was left outside the doors of a church with a note pinned to her saying that her name was Olivia Rockefeller. She was later adopted.[2] She attended the Brentwood Hall School in Westchester County, New York.[3]

Hollywood and television edit

In 1937, she was signed under contract to Warner Bros. Studios and made her film debut in The Prince and the Pauper which was released during the year. Her other screen credits include parts in such films as Jezebel (1938), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), Eternally Yours (1939), When Tomorrow Comes (1939), Broadway Melody of 1940, Ball of Fire (1941), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Shadows on the Stairs (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Ministry of Fear (1944), Song of the South (1946), Out of the Past (1947), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), and Life With Father (1947). During her time in Hollywood she appeared in approximately 103 films.

Her TV credits include parts in Gunsmoke (in 1960 as an abused wife in S5E19’s “Till Death Do Us Part” & in 1962 as Clara Ott in S7E24’s “Coventry”), Wagon Train, Mr. Adams and Eve, and The Loretta Young Show. In 1963, her last acting role was as a Roman Catholic nun in the television series, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly and modeled after the 1944 Bing Crosby film of the same name. She appeared in several episodes of the television comedy, Topper, as Henrietta Topper's friend Thelma Gibney.

Personal life edit

In the 1940s, Field was married to Allan Douglas, a member of the Army Medical Corps.[4] Following her 1963 retirement she was still married to her husband James Madison Walters and lived in Laguna Niguel, California. She also devoted her time to family and was active in the Hollywood Church of Religious Science.[2]

Death edit

On June 12, 1996, two days after her 87th birthday, Mary Field died at her home in Fairfax, Virginia, of complications from a stroke. She lived there with her daughter, Susana Kerstein, and son-in-law, Bob Kerstein. She had two grandchildren, Sky Kerstein and Kendall Kerstein. She was cremated and her ashes returned to her family.[1]

Complete filmography edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 241. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Mary Field by Doug McClelland, Film Fan Monthly, October 1973
  3. ^ "Cockney Expert In Leisen Film". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. August 31, 1944. p. 8. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Director Tried To Act Formal". Tampa Bay Times. Florida, St. Petersburg. Associated Press. August 8, 1943. p. 21. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via

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