Born 1925 as Bernice Kamiat in Flatbush, Brooklyn, American actress Cara Williams had her first credited role was in the 1941 western Wide Open Town. She followed this with the dramas Girls Town (1942) and Happy Land (1943) with Don Ameche.
Williams is best known for her role as “Billy’s Mother” in The Defiant Ones (1958), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and for her role as Gladys Porter on the 1960–62 CBS television series Pete and Gladys, for which she was nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy.
During the 1970s, Williams’s acting appearances became less frequent. Her last television performance was in a 1977 episode of Visions. Her last film role came in 1978 with The One Man Jury.
Williams, who died on December 9, 2021, was one of the last surviving actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of a young Cara Williams.