Betty Garde

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Betty Garde
Betty Garde.jpg
Born Katharine Elizabeth Garde
(1905-09-19)September 19, 1905
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died December 25, 1989(1989-12-25) (aged 84)
Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1925–1971

Katharine Elizabeth "Betty" Garde[1] (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!.[2]

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.[2] 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.[3]: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.[2] 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.

Betty Garde died at the age of 84 in a hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. No cause was given and there were no immediate survivors.[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
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
1950 Caged Kitty Stark
1951 The Prince Who Was a Thief Mirza
1955 One Desire Mrs. O'Dell
1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Miss Bettenhausen
Year Title Role Notes
1950 The Big Story Annie 1 episode
1950–1951 Suspense 3 episodes
1954 The Mask Mrs. Novak 1 episode
1955 The Honeymooners Thelma 1 episode
1955–1959 The United States Steel Hour Mom
Mrs. Flynn
2 episodes
1956 General Electric Theater Annie 1 episode
The Edge of Night Mattie Lane Grimsley Unknown episodes
1957 Decoy Landlady 1 episode
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
2 episodes
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
Checkmate Sara 1 episode
Route 66 Lydia Sullivan 1 episode
The Twilight Zone Passenger
Mrs. Bronson
2 episodes
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


  1. ^ a b "Betty Garde, 84, Dies; Actress in 'Oklahoma!'". The New York Times. 1989-12-28. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Betty Garde, 84; Radio Actress Also Played Broadway, Films". Los Angeles Times. 1989-12-27. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  3. ^ Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum, This is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9

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