Jo Van Fleet
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|Jo Van Fleet|
in East of Eden (1955)
December 30, 1914|
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Died||June 10, 1996
Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||William Bales (m. 1946–1990)(his death)|
Jo Van Fleet (December 30, 1914 – June 10, 1996) was an American theatre and film actress.
Van Fleet established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint.
Her first film role was playing the estranged mother of James Dean's character in East of Eden (1955). This debut performance earned Van Fleet an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her subsequent film work was steady through 1960, then very sporadic, and included such films as The Rose Tattoo, I'll Cry Tomorrow (both 1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Cool Hand Luke (1967).
In 1958, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in Look Homeward, Angel on Broadway.
Personal life 
Van Fleet was married to William Bales from 1946 until his death in 1990, and was survived by her son Michael Bales, and grandson, Arden Rogow-Bales.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures, at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.
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- Jo Van Fleet at the Internet Broadway Database
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- Jo Van Fleet at the Internet Movie Database
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- Jo Van Fleet at AllRovi
- Jo Van Fleet at Find a Grave