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Name: Mary Field  
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Date of Birth: 15th October 1909
Place of Birth: New York, New York, USA
Profession: Actress
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The slender Field, of indeterminate age and as plain-featured as her name, had a rather parroty nose and a none-too-prominent chin, with dark hair plainly coiffed . Understandably, prim types became her specialty, yet she brought to all such immaculate diction and Stanislaysky-like immersion—without sacrificing humor---that her countenance took on a unique, beautiful glow that signaled "artist at work ." As, frequently, a Hollywood "day-worker " (a player required for only one day's shooting), Field found herself in many temporal maid roles . But her versatility made most of these mundane assignments stand out .

For instance, in The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) . Field was an hysterical maid who discovered a rich home had been robbed ; in Mr Son, Mr Son! (1940), the cockney who attended Madeleine Carroll at a party ; 'in How Green Was My Valley (1941), the Welsh maid in the mine owner's house ; in This Above All (1942), an English maid in a seacoast resort ; in The Crystal Ball (1943), the tout for a phony fortune-teller ; in Life With Father (1947), one in the parade of Irish servants dispatched by father William Powell's bluster; in Where There's Life (1947), Top O the Morning (1949) where she sang a duet with Bing Crosby.

Nurses were another staple of the Field repertoire . In Dr. Kildare's Victory (1941), she was a socialite's nurse ; in The Gorilla Man (1942), a British nurse murdered by Nazis ; in Love Letters (1945), the nurse who read a letter from his . . mother to wounded Joseph Cotten ; in The Other Love (1947), Dr. David Niven's nurse in a Swiss sanitorium ; and in Let's Dance (1950), the nurse knocked out by Betty Hutton when the latter retrieved her small son from his great grandmother ' s custody. Then there were the secretaries : His Exciting Night (1938), Society Smugglers (1939), The Family Next Door (1939), Charter Pilot (1940), Wonder Man (1945)—the d .a .'s girl Friday, open-mouthed at the grilling of Danny Kaye who kept calling for his restive dead twin : "Buster, come down and get inside of me . Please!" ; The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946), The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947), Welcome Stranger (1947), The Unfaithful (1947), One Sunday Afternoon (1948),Mighty Joe Young (1949), The Lady Wants Mink (1953), etc.

Among her more conspicuous efforts were the dual role of mother of both prince and pauper in The Prince and the Pauper (1937) ; the spinster head of a foundation sponsoring Gary Cooper's slang research in Ball of Fire (1941), a part she II recreated in the musical version titled A Song Is Born (1948), when she then was given a jungle puberty dance ; the piano teacher of the Miniver children in Mrs. Miniver (1942) ; the governess of Brian Donlevy's small daughter in Wake Island (1942) ; one of the tourists awaiting shipboard arrival of mysterious Bette Davis, exclaiming, "I saw her! I think she's been ill—pale but interesting," in Now, Voyager (1942) ; the woman at the train station whose little girl gave Ginger Rogers the idea to dress as a child and go half-fare in The Major and the Minor (1942); the belligerent wife of one of Fredric March's ancestors in I Married a Witch (1942); the Gildersleeve- chasing old maid in The Great Gildersleeve (1942); and in A Lady Takes a Chance (1943), the bus traveler who when she saw three men kissing Jean Arthur off on her vacation asked her, "Tell me something . Why do you want to leave?" Plus, a lonelyheart sent for by Henry to marry off his grouchy school principal in Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid (1944): the awed, drab wife at one of Mrs . Skeffington's glamorous parties in Mr. Skeffington (1944); the artist-spy who, after someone was shot during a seance, screamed that Ray Milland did it, then went home to find Milland there, too, and got to scream again, in Ministry of Fear (1944) ; the cashier at a movie house frequented by Lucille Ball in The Dark Corner (1946); the parent of a pair of tough boys in Song of the South (1946); a bond slave in Unconquered (Para '47) ; the woman who brought the little Dutch girl to see Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street (1947); Governor Jimmie Davis's mother in Louisiana (1947); a lonely maiden aunt in Dark Passage (1947); and in Out of the Past (1947), the small-town cafe owner who said, "Two things I can smell within a hundred feet: burning hamburger and romance ."

Additionally, the spinster biology teacher whose late-night gentleman caller repeatedly was betrayed by creaky boardinghouse steps in Chicken Every Sunday (1948); a plague victim's widow in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949) ; in Sitting Pretty (1948), the gossipy proprietress of the Hummingbird Hill Book Shopper in impossible to think of another actress who has worked with Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948), the Wee Shop counter more movie greats, to virtually no recognition. girl who sold William Powell the top halves of bathing suits for Here at last, then, a toast to Mary Field . Whoever you are. his mermaid ; in You're My Everything (1949), a music-shop I . clerk ; in The Toy Tiger (1956), the village postmistress-librarian, etc ., who convinced a schoolboy to buy an Australian stamp by imitating the kangaroo and the cry of "the laughing jack ass" ; and in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), a dress-store M proprietress .

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