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Louise Beavers ACTOR


Louise Beavers was born on March 8th, 1902 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She was an actress of African decent who was also plus sized and had to deal with the demeaning stereotypes during the depression era and Hollywood during World War II. 
At the age of eleven her family relocated to Los Angeles, California and she attended Pasadena High School.  Louise was very involved in the school and church choir.  Her mother was a voice teacher and trained her for the concert stage, but instead she took a different route.  She joined an all female minstel company called, "Lady Minstrels" and also on the side earned a living working as a personal assistant to paramount star, Leatrice Joy.  She also joined the vaudeville circuit for a time.

Her initial goal of becoming a nurse was abandoned when she developed an interest in an acting career.  She found work as an extra and was soon seen by a talent scout her offered her a role in the film, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1927).
A number of film roles followed such as, "Coquette" (1929) starring Mary Pickford, "Good Sport" (1931), "She Done Him Wrong" (1933), "What Price Hollywood?" (1932) and "Bombshell" (1933).  Beavers was becoming a highly desired actress and was working on films with top stars such as the film, "Holiday Inn" (1942) with Carol Lombard and "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948) with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy.  She became known as the symbol of a, 'mammy' on the screen which was a domestic servant of African descent who was for the most part good natured but overweight and a loud type of character.  
As film roles began to become less available she turned her focus to television.  Louise was cast on the sitcom, "Beulah" (1950) which was one of the first sitcoms to star a black actress.  She was one of the four actresses to portray the housekeeper Beulah on this series.  The other actresses were, Hattie McDaniel, Ethel Waters and Amanda Randolph.  She was also cast on Disney's "The Swamp Fox" starring Leslie Nielsen.  Along with working on television she also took some stage work appearing on the play, "Praise House".  She did not neglect her film career completely and some of her final film roles were in, "The Goddess" (1958), "All the Fine Young Cannibals" (1960) and "The Facts of Life" (1960).   

As time progressed she suffered a number of health issues due to obesity and diabetes.  On October 26th, 1962 at the age of sixty, Louise Beavers passed away as the result of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.  Beavers was married twice, first to Robert Clark in 1936 whom later became her manager.  They divorced and she then married Leroy Moore, a professional chef in 1952 and their marriage lasted ten years until she passed away.   

Besides acting she was also involved in helping to support other African Americans where she endorsed Robert S. Abbott who was the editor of the Chicago Defender in helping fight for African American's civil rights.  Louise Beavers was also placed into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1976.  


1960 The Facts of Life
1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals
1958 The Goddess
1957 Tammy and the Bachelor
1956 Good-bye, My Lady
1956 You Can't Run Away From It
1956 Teenage Rebel
1952 I Dream of Jeanie
1952 Never Wave at a WAC
1951 Beulah Show
1950 My Blue Heaven
1950 The Jackie Robinson Story
1949 Tell It to the Judge
1948 Good Sam
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
1948 For the Love of Mary
1945 Delightfully Dangerous
1944 Dixie Jamboree
1944 Follow Me, Boys!
1943 Jack London
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady
1942 Grand Slam
1942 Reap the Wild Wind
1942 The Big Street
1942 Holiday Inn
1941 Belle Starr
1941 Sign of the Wolf
1941 Shadow of the Thin Man
1940 No Time for Comedy
1939 Made for Each Other
1938 Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus
1938 Brother Rat
1937 The Last Gangster
1937 Make Way for Tomorrow
1936 It Happened in New Orleans
1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
1936 Bullets or Ballots
1936 General Spanky
1934 Imitation of Life
1934 Joe Palooka
1934 I've Got Your Number
1934 Palooka
1934 Doctor Monica
1933 Woman Condemned
1933 Hold Your Man
1933 42nd Street
1933 A Shriek in the Night
1933 She Done Him Wrong
1933 Bombshell
1932 What Price Hollywood?
1932 Night World
1932 Freaks
1932 Ladies of the Big House
1932 Young America
1932 Street of Women
1930 Our Blushing Brides
1930 Safety in Numbers
1929 Coquette

Matinee Classics - Reap the Wild Wind starring Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey, Robert Preston, Lynne Overman, Susan Hayward, Charles Bickford, Walter Hampden, Louise Beavers and Martha O'Driscoll
Matinee Classics - Life Goes On starring Louise Beavers, Edward Thompson, Lawrence Criner, Reginald Federson and Monte Hawley
Matinee Classics - No Time for Comedy starring James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Charlie Ruggles, Genevieve Tobin, Louise Beavers, Allyn Joslyn, Clarence Kolb, Robert Greig, J.M. Kerrigan, Lawrence Grossmith, Robert Emmett O'Connor, Herbert Heywood, Frank Faylen, James Burke and Edgar Dearing
Matinee Classics - Palooka starring Jimmy Durante, Lupe Velez, Stu Erwin, Marjorie Rambeau, Robert Armstrong, Mary Carlisle, William Cagney, Thelma Todd, Franklyn Ardell, Tom Dugan, Louise Beavers and Fred 'Snowflake' Toones
Matinee Classics - Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus starring Tommy Kelly, Ann Gillis, Edgar Kennedy, Benita Hume, Billy Gilbert, George 'Spanky' McFarland, Luoise Beavers, William Demarest and Grant Mitchell
Matinee Classics - Rainbow on the River starring Bobby Breen, May Robson, Charles Butterworth, Alan Mowbray, Benita Hume, Henry O'Neill, Louise Beavers, Marilyn Knowlden and the Hall Johnson Choir
Matinee Classics - Shadow of the Thin Man starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, Alan Baxter, Henry O'Neill, Dickie Hall, Stella Adler, Loring Smith, Joseph Anthony, Lou Lubin and Louise Beavers
Matinee Classics - General Spanky starring Our Gang - George 'Spanky' McFarland, Phillips Holmes, Ralph Morgan, Irving Pichel, Rosina Lawrence, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Hobart Bosworth, Robert Middlemass, James Burtis, Louise Beavers, Willie Best, Jerry Tucker, Harold Switzer and Slim Whittaker
Matinee Classics - General Spanky starring Our Gang - George 'Spanky' McFarland, Phillips Holmes, Ralph Morgan, Irving Pichel, Rosina Lawrence, Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Hobart Bosworth, Robert Middlemass, James Burtis, Louise Beavers, Willie Best, Jerry Tucker, Harold Switzer and Slim Whittaker
Matinee Classics - Imitation of Life starring Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Ned Sparks, Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Juanita Quigley, Alan Hale, Henry Armetta, Wyndham Standing, Franklin Pangborn and Jane Withers

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