|Born||Katharine Elizabeth Garde
September 19, 1905
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 1989
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Katharine Elizabeth "Betty" Garde (September 19, 1905 – December 25, 1989) was an American stage, radio, film and television actress.
Katherine Elizabeth Garde was born in Philadelphia and worked in New York for most of her acting career. On the stage since the early 1920s, she made her Broadway debut as Alma Borden in Easy Come, Easy Go and played character roles in productions including The Social Register and The Primrose Path. Betty Garde created the role of Aunt Eller in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!.
In the 1930s she began to work extensively in radio, performing on some three dozen shows including Lorenzo Jones, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, The Big Story, The Eddie Cantor Show, Front Page Farrell, Perry Mason, Theatre Guild on the Air and The Fat Man. In 1934 Garde worked with Orson Welles on the CBS Radio series The American School of the Air, and she later performed in Welles radio series including Les Misérables, The Mercury Theatre on the Air, The Campbell Playhouse and Ceiling Unlimited.:331, 338, 357, 376
Her most notable film role was probably in Call Northside 777 (1948), in which she played a prosecution witness whose testimony convicted an innocent man. The 5'10" Garde also had a major role in the 1950 movie Caged, as a murderous prison inmate, and in Cry of the City (1948). Her television credits include appearances on The Honeymooners (as the Kramdens' maid, Thelma) and two episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "The Midnight Sun" episode opposite Lois Nettleton.
|1929||The Lady Lies||Hilda Pearson|
|1930||Queen High||Florence Cole|
|1931||Damaged Love||Madge Sloan|
|The Girl Habit||Hattie Henry|
|1948||Call Northside 777||Wanda Skutnik||Alternative title: Calling Northside 777|
|Cry of the City||Miss Pruett|
|1951||The Prince Who Was a Thief||Mirza|
|1955||One Desire||Mrs. O'Dell|
|1962||The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm||Miss Bettenhausen|
|1950||The Big Story||Annie||1 episode|
|1954||The Mask||Mrs. Novak||1 episode|
|1955||The Honeymooners||Thelma||1 episode|
|1955–1959||The United States Steel Hour||Mom
|1956||General Electric Theater||Annie||1 episode|
|The Edge of Night||Mattie Lane Grimsley||Unknown episodes|
|1957–1959||As the World Turns||Miss Tyler||Unknown episodes|
|1959||Mr. Lucky||Maybelle Towers||1 episode|
|1959–1960||The Real McCoys||Aggie Larkin||2 episodes|
|The Untouchables||Norma Guzik
|1960||The Chevy Mystery Show||Mrs. Andrews||1 episode|
|Adventures in Paradise||Queen Atea||1 episode|
|1961||The Islanders||Mme. Arbedutian||1 episode|
|Shirley Temple's Storybook||The Flowerwoman||1 episode|
|Route 66||Lydia Sullivan||1 episode|
|The Twilight Zone||Passenger
|1962||Ben Casey||Florabelle Hanks||1 episode|
|Car 54, Where Are You?||Ma Dearheart||1 episode|
|1971||All the Way Home||Aunt Sadie Follet||Television movie|
- "Betty Garde, 84, Dies; Actress in 'Oklahoma!'". The New York Times. 1989-12-28. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- "Betty Garde, 84; Radio Actress Also Played Broadway, Films". Los Angeles Times. 1989-12-27. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
- Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum, This is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9
- Betty Garde at the Internet Broadway Database
- Betty Garde at the Internet Movie Database
- Betty Garde at the TCM Movie Database
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