Jewish actress Cara Williams passes away at 96


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Academy Award nominee Cara Williams, one of the last remaining actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, has died at 96. Born Bernice Kamiat in Brooklyn, New York, to Romanian-Jewish parents, she moved to California following her parent’s divorce.

She attended the Hollywood Professional School made her motion picture debut in “Wide Open Town” (1941) from the ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ series which starred William Boyd.

She went on to appear in  “Boomerang!” (1947), “The Girl Next Door” (1953), “Meet Me in Las Vegas” (1956) and “The Helen Morgan Story” (1957).

In 1958, Car Williams received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film “The Defiant Ones.”

During the 1950s, she began to appear regularly on TV co-starred in the series “Pete and Gladys” (1960 to 1962). She went on to star in her own series “The Cara Williams Show” (1964 to 1965). She was formerly married to actor John Drew Barrymore.