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  • Jo Van Fleet

    Born on December 30, 1914 in Oakland, California

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East of Eden (1955)

Jo Van Fleet as "Kate"

In this film based on John Steinbeck's epic novel, Cal Trask (James Dean), the son of a California farmer (Raymond Massey), feels that his father cares only about his brother, Aron (Richard Davalos). When Cal embarks on a business venture to gain the favor of his dad, he finds himself dealing with his estranged mother (Jo Van Fleet), now the owner of a brothel, and tensions in the family rise even further when he begins to fall for Aron's girlfriend, Abra (Julie Harris).

Academy Award (1955) Won Best Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955) Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

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