DISAPPEARANCE – The American actress, nominated for the Oscar for best supporting role in 1959 for her composition in Chain by Stanley Kramer, died on December 9 at the age of 96.
In Chain by Stanley Kramer, she masterfully played a mother of a family with generous and ambiguous feelings who would take in two fugitives camped by the immense actors Sydney Poitier and Tony Curtis. This composition earned Cara Williams the supreme cinematographic access, a nomination for the Oscar for best supporting role in 1959. The American actress, one of the last figures of the golden age of Hollywood, died on December 9 in Beverly Hills where she had lived for many years. She was 96 years old.
Born Bernice Kamiat on June 29, 1925 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York, she began her career in Los Angeles at the age of sixteen after having taken comedy classes at the Hollywood vocational school. In 1944, she appeared, without being credited, in Laura by Otto Preminger. Then her career began, slowly, with secondary roles in films directed, however, by masters of the seventh art like Elia Kazan ( Boomerang, 1947).
At the same time, she pursued a career for American television where she obtained more prominent roles than in cinema. Her admirers will also recall that she was part of the brilliant cast of We will go to Monte-Carlo (1951) by Jean Boyer, which will bring together the unforgettable Audrey Hepburn, the French actors Marcel Dalio, Philippe Lemaire, André Luguet and the formidable conductor Ray Ventura.
In 1958, Stanley Kramer, visionary director, as Steven Spielberg pointed out a few years later as a tribute to his work, of films committed against in particular the proliferation of atomic weapons, entrusted him with the most interesting character of his life in Chain (The Defiant Ones). Cara Williams embodies a woman entangled in her racist prejudices, who will go so far as to denounce to the police of the county a black prisoner interpreted admirably by Sydney Poitier. By a surprising paradox, the actress who continued to work regularly in popular sitcoms in the United States until the early 1980s, confided in 2016 that her Oscar nomination was only one episode in her long Hollywood career. : “I did nothing but pass on this film.“
Chain (The Defiant Ones ) by Stanley Kramer, in 1958, with Sydney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Cara Williams …