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  • BIRTH 23/11/1898
  • DEATH 28/07/1984
  • Country United States
  • SHOWS 3
  • MOVIES 173

Bess Flowers

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Bess Flowers (November 23, 1898 – July 28, 1984) was an American actress. By some counts considered the most prolific actress in the history of Hollywood, she was known as "The Queen of the Hollywood Extras," appearing in over 700 movies in her 41 year career.

Born in Sherman, Texas, Flowers's film debut came in 1923, when she appeared in Hollywood. She made three films that year, and then began working extensively. Many of her appearances are uncredited, as she generally played non-speaking roles.

By the 1930s, Flowers was in constant demand. Her appearances ranged from Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford thrillers to comedic roles alongside of Charley Chase, the Three Stooges, Leon Errol, Edgar Kennedy, and Laurel and Hardy.

She appeared in the following five films which won the Academy Award for Best Picture: It Happened One Night, You Can't Take it with You, All About Eve, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Around the World in Eighty Days. In each of these movies, Flowers was uncredited. Including these five movies, she had appeared in twenty-three Best Picture nominees in total, making her the record holder for most appearances in films nominated for the award. Her last movie was Good Neighbor Sam in 1964.

Flowers's acting career was not confined to feature films. She was also seen in many episodic American TV series, such as I Love Lucy, notably in episodes, "Lucy Is Enceinte" (1952), "Ethel's Birthday" (1955), and "Lucy's Night in Town" (1957), where she is usually seen as a theatre patron.

Outside her acting career, in 1945, Bess Flowers helped to found the Screen Extras Guild (active: 1946-1992, then merged with SAG), where she served as one of its first vice-presidents and recording secretaries.

Bess Flowers

Shows (3)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Club Patron (uncredited)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Mrs. Pradanos
General Electric Theater
General Electric Theater
Mrs. Vandermoot

Movies (173)

Rear Window
Rear Window
Songwriter's Party Guest with Poodle (uncredited)
Vertigo
Vertigo
Diner at Ernie's (uncredited)
North by Northwest
North by Northwest
Plaza Hotel Lounge Patron (uncredited)
Dial M for Murder
Dial M for Murder
Woman Exiting Ship (uncredited)
Singin' in the Rain
Singin' in the Rain
Audience Member (uncredited)
Funny Face
Funny Face
Fashion Show Spectator
To Catch a Thief
To Catch a Thief
Masquerade Party Guest (uncredited)
Holiday
Holiday
Party Guest (uncredited)
Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity
Norton's Secretary
The Manchurian Candidate
The Manchurian Candidate
Gomel's Lady Counterpart (uncredited)
Ninotchka
Ninotchka
Gossip (uncredited)
White Christmas
White Christmas
Club Patron (uncredited)
A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun
Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Babes in Toyland
Babes in Toyland
Villager (uncredited)
Don't Bother to Knock
Don't Bother to Knock
Woman at Awards Dinner (uncredited)
I Married a Witch
I Married a Witch
Matron of Honor (uncredited)
The Absent-Minded Professor
The Absent-Minded Professor
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
The Glass Key
The Glass Key
Henrys' Dinner Guest (uncredited)
People Will Talk
People Will Talk
Concertgoer (uncredited)
The Tarnished Angels
The Tarnished Angels
Newspaper Office Clerk (uncredited)
Designing Woman
Designing Woman
Fashion Show Guest (uncredited)
Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life
Geraldine Moore (uncredited)
Angel Face
Angel Face
Shirley - Barrett's Secretary
The Chase
The Chase
Woman sitting at bar at Florida Club
Song of the Thin Man
Song of the Thin Man
Jessica Thayar
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Minor Role (uncredited)
A Night at the Opera
A Night at the Opera
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
The Band Wagon
The Band Wagon
Train Passenger (uncredited)
The Lodger
The Lodger
Woman in Audience
Let's Dance
Let's Dance
Engagement Party Guest (uncredited)
The Woman in Green
The Woman in Green
Bar Patron (seen in mirror) (uncredited)
The Narrow Margin
The Narrow Margin
Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Sergeant Madden
Sergeant Madden
Nurse
Call Me Madam
Call Me Madam
Lady Seated Behind Duchess
That Uncertain Feeling
That Uncertain Feeling
Woman in Ladies' Room (uncredited)
The Robe
The Robe
Spectator at Caligula's court (uncredited)
All in a Night's Work
All in a Night's Work
Customer (uncredited)
Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Angels Over Broadway
Angels Over Broadway
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Ship Passenger
Blonde Venus
Blonde Venus
(uncredited)
Laura
Laura
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Deadline - U.S.A.
Deadline - U.S.A.
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
The Razor's Edge
The Razor's Edge
Country Club Party Guest
The Lady Eve
The Lady Eve
Party Guest (uncredited)
Humoresque
Humoresque
Party Guest / Concert Attendee (uncredited)
A Stolen Life
A Stolen Life
Department Store Shopper (uncredited)
Love Affair
Love Affair
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Heaven Can Wait
Heaven Can Wait
Party Guest (uncredited)
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate
A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate
Mannequin (uncredited)
The Eddy Duchin Story
The Eddy Duchin Story
Party Guest at Central Park Casino (uncredited)
Nothing Sacred
Nothing Sacred
Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Show Boat
Show Boat
Racetrack spectator (uncredited)
The Dark Mirror
The Dark Mirror
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Passenger on Ship (uncredited)
A Day at the Races
A Day at the Races
Racetrack Spectator (uncredited)
The Buccaneer
The Buccaneer
Party Guest
Penny Serenade
Penny Serenade
Mother (Uncredited)
The Fly
The Fly
Audience Member (uncredited)
Thunder Birds
Thunder Birds
Nurse
Now, Voyager
Now, Voyager
Concert Audience Member (uncredited)
The Devil and Miss Jones
The Devil and Miss Jones
Saleslady (uncredited)
One Hour with You
One Hour with You
Party Guest (uncredited)
Take a Letter, Darling
Take a Letter, Darling
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
Murder Among Friends
Murder Among Friends
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
The Buster Keaton Story
The Buster Keaton Story
Restaurant Diner
Flesh and Fantasy
Flesh and Fantasy
Circus Spectator (uncredited)
Topper Takes a Trip
Topper Takes a Trip
Lady in Casino (uncredited)
Zenobia
Zenobia
Wedding Guest
Living It Up
Living It Up
Patron at Wonderland Ballroom (uncredited)
Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
Officer's Wife in Reception Line (uncredited)
Forever, Darling
Forever, Darling
Wedding Guest
Old Acquaintance
Old Acquaintance
Club Patron (uncredited)
Parrish
Parrish
Party Guest
Strategic Air Command
Strategic Air Command
Party guest
Ship Ahoy
Ship Ahoy
Nightclub Patron
Iron Man
Iron Man
Party Guest
Every Girl Should Be Married
Every Girl Should Be Married
Pierre's Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Divorce Among Friends
Divorce Among Friends
Guest
The Prize
The Prize
Lady In Audience (uncredited)
One Touch of Venus
One Touch of Venus
Department Store Shopper
Scared Stiff
Scared Stiff
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
The Carpetbaggers
The Carpetbaggers
Wedding Guest
The Lost World
The Lost World
Guest at Zoological Institute Forum (uncredited)
Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras
French Quarter Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Broadway Melody of 1940
Broadway Melody of 1940
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Good Neighbor Sam
Good Neighbor Sam
Mrs. Burke (uncredited)
I'll Cry Tomorrow
I'll Cry Tomorrow
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
The File on Thelma Jordon
The File on Thelma Jordon
Dinner Party Guest (Uncredited)
Home Town Story
Home Town Story
Patron at Barbecue Room (uncredited)
Nobody's Baby
Nobody's Baby
Nurse (uncredited)
Phffft
Phffft
Nightclub Patron / Woman at Airport (uncredited)
If I Had a Million
If I Had a Million
China Store Customer (uncredited)
Mighty Joe Young
Mighty Joe Young
Nightclub patron (uncredited)
You Said a Mouthful
You Said a Mouthful
Race Fan on Boat (uncredited)
The Mummy's Ghost
The Mummy's Ghost
Townswoman (uncredited)
It's Love I'm After
It's Love I'm After
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Over 21
Over 21
Woman in Gow's Outer Office (uncredited)
Bedside
Bedside
Hospital Reception Desk Nurse
Women of Glamour
Women of Glamour
Minor Role
Teacher's Pet
Teacher's Pet
Bongo Club Patron (uncredited)
It Started with a Kiss
It Started with a Kiss
Party guest
The Crime Doctor's Warning
The Crime Doctor's Warning
Bridge Player (uncredited)
The Shining Hour
The Shining Hour
Nurse (uncredited)
The Affairs of Susan
The Affairs of Susan
Party Guest (Uncredited)
Two Weeks in Another Town
Two Weeks in Another Town
Guest at Anniversary Banquet (uncredited)
Larceny, Inc.
Larceny, Inc.
Pedestrian On Sidewalk (uncredited)
Beyond the Forest
Beyond the Forest
Secretary
Midnight
Midnight
Flammarions' Party Guest / Stephanie's Party Guest (uncredited)
The Notorious Landlady
The Notorious Landlady
Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night
Party Guest (uncredited)
Les Misérables
Les Misérables
Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Dear Brat
Dear Brat
Laura Millikan, reporter (uncredited)
Possessed
Possessed
Party Guest (uncredited)
When You're in Love
When You're in Love
Backstage Guest
We Faw Down
We Faw Down
Mrs. Laurel
Nora Prentiss
Nora Prentiss
Nightclub Patron
Wife vs. Secretary
Wife vs. Secretary
Party Guest (uncredited)
Parole, Inc.
Parole, Inc.
Mary - Nurse
Together Again
Together Again
Woman with Man in Leonardo's (uncredited)
The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth
Viola Heath (uncredited)
Dangerous Mission
Dangerous Mission
Guest at Lodge Party
The Golden Arrow
The Golden Arrow
Miss Hackett (uncredited)
Twin Triplets
Twin Triplets
Nurse with Dr. Smith (uncredited)
Pin Up Girl
Pin Up Girl
Patron at Club Diplomacy (uncredited)
Illegal
Illegal
Diner at Bar of Justice Restaurant
Who's Minding the Store?
Who's Minding the Store?
Shopper, Gourmet Department (uncredited)
Hollywood Party
Hollywood Party
Party Guest (uncredited)
Broadway Rhythm
Broadway Rhythm
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Paid to Dance
Paid to Dance
Suzy
Star of Midnight
Star of Midnight
Mary Smith (uncredited)
Too Much, Too Soon
Too Much, Too Soon
Party Guest (uncredited)
You Were Meant for Me
You Were Meant for Me
Lady Dancing at Nightclub
Topper
Topper
Patron at Rainbow Club (uncredited)
Conflict
Conflict
Guest at Rainbow Lodge (uncredited)
Nightfall
Nightfall
Woman at Fashion Show
Never Wave at a WAC
Never Wave at a WAC
Catherine
I Walk Alone
I Walk Alone
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
The Expert
The Expert
Member of Women's Auxilary Committee
Thicker Than Water
Thicker Than Water
Nurse (uncredited)
Home from the Hill
Home from the Hill
Party Guest (uncredited)
The Bigamist
The Bigamist
Bus passenger
Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward
Prom Guest
Springtime in the Rockies
Springtime in the Rockies
Mrs. Jeepers (uncredited)
My Man Godfrey
My Man Godfrey
Mrs. Merriweather (uncredited)
Interrupted Melody
Interrupted Melody
Party Guest (uncredited)
Heartbeat
Heartbeat
Ball Guest
Houseboat
Houseboat
Wedding Guest
Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Lady in Elevator (uncredited)
The Facts of Life
The Facts of Life
Lady At Airport (uncredited)
Tom, Dick and Harry
Tom, Dick and Harry
Banquet Guest (uncredited)
The Greater Glory
The Greater Glory
Helga
G.I. Blues
G.I. Blues
Cafe Europa patron (uncredited)
The Perils of Pauline
The Perils of Pauline
Reporter at Reception (uncredited)
Monkey Business
Monkey Business
Indian's Wife at Party
Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth
Spectator at political rally
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Town Meeting Spectator
Frisco Lil
Frisco Lil
Twice Blessed
Twice Blessed
Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Royal Wedding
Royal Wedding
Backstage guest (uncredited)
The Honeymoon Machine
The Honeymoon Machine
Bar Patron (uncredited)
Dangerous Crossing
Dangerous Crossing
Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Curly Top
Curly Top
Guest at Charity Bazaar
The Damned Don't Cry
The Damned Don't Cry
Restaurant Patron
Move Over, Darling
Move Over, Darling
Seymour's Wife (uncredited)
Family Honeymoon
Family Honeymoon
Well-Wisher at Bridal Shower (uncredited)
Neptune's Daughter
Neptune's Daughter
Woman at Swim Suit Show (uncredited)
Sudden Fear
Sudden Fear
Party Guest (uncredited)
Whiplash
Whiplash
Patron at Pelican Club
Day-time Wife
Day-time Wife
Nightclub Patron
The Big Timer
The Big Timer
Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Time Out for Trouble
Time Out for Trouble
Sales Clerk