Jo Van Fleet was an American actress from Oakland, California who was born on December 30th, 1914. She was an accomplished theater actress and also enjoyed a successful film career. In 1954, Van Fleet won a Tony Award for her work on "The Trip to Bountiful," and the following year she appeared as Kate in "East of Eden," her first film role, appearing with the legendary James Dean. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for that role, and worked steadily in film for about ten years. In 1958 Van Fleet garnered her second Tony nomination for "Look Homeward, Angel", although she did not win. She also appeared regularly in television serials such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Bonanza." Jo Van Fleet was married to William Bales for 44 years; he passed away in 1990, leaving behind a son, Michael, and a grandson, Arden. Jo Van Fleet passed away in New York State on June 10th, 1996. The cause of death was never made public.