Lela Bliss (May 11, 1896 – May 15, 1980) was an American actress. She made her first silent film, Pretty Mrs. Smith, in 1915 and appeared in at least over 40 movies until the 1960s.
Bliss appeared in supporting roles and bit parts in Hollywood films such as The Dark Mirror (1946), Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and Intruder in the Dust (1949). She often played mothers, neighbours or society women. Since the 1950s, Bliss also appeared frequently on popular television shows including My Little Margie as Trixie Wilson, the mother of Margie's boyfriend in the 1952 episode "Vern's Chums"; The Twilight Zone; Maverick; Mister Ed; and The Addams Family. She ended her acting career with a guest role in That Girl in 1967.
Lela Bliss was married to the Canadian actor Harry Hayden from 1924 until his death on July 24, 1955, and they had one child together. They ran the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting at 254 South Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills, and their students included Veronica Lake, Mamie Van Doren and Betty White. In 1954, it was acquired by Douglas Frank Bank and Jay Manford. It became the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and is one of the oldest acting schools and theatres in Los Angeles, California.
Movies & TV shows
Bells Are Ringing
Ella Peterson works in the basement office of Susanswerphone, a telephone answering service. She listens in on others' lives and adds some interest to her own humdrum existence by adopting different i...
1 TV show
The Twilight Zone
A series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a gruesome or unexpected twist.
Ten-year-old orphan Patrick Dennis has come to live with his marvelously madcap Auntie Mame, who lives life to the hilt. "Life is a banquet," Mame says, "and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
Three for Jamie Dawn
An unscrupulous attorney attempts to rig the jury vote in a murder trial. Released in 1956.
The Opposite Sex
Former radio singer Kay learns from her gossipy friends that her husband, Steve, has had an affair with chorus girl Crystal. Devastated, Kay tries to ignore the information, but when Crystal performs ...
Susan Slept Here
On Christmas Eve, suffering from a case of writer's block, screenwriter Mark Christopher and his gofer Virgil get an unexpected visit from Sergeant Maizel. Knowing Christopher is working on a juvenile...
All I Desire
In 1910, a mother comes back to her family after abandoning them.
The Blue Gardenia
Deeply distraught that her GI ex-boyfriend plans to marry another woman, Norah Larkin agrees to go out on a date with lothario Harry Prebble. Norah's drunken night out with Prebble ends in a hazily re...
To Please a Lady
Mike Brannon is a former war hero turned midget car racer. His ruthless racing tactics have made him successful but the fans consider him a villain and boo him mercilessly. Independent, beautiful repo...
Intruder in the Dust
Rural Mississippi in the 1940s: Lucas Beauchamp, a local black man with a reputation of not kowtowing to whites, is found standing over the body of a dead white man, holding a pistol that has recently...
Miss Mink of 1949
Winning a mink coat brings nothing but trouble to a couple on a budget.
Give My Regards to Broadway
A family vaudeville act is threatened when the eldest son is offered a contract to play baseball. Musical.
The Snake Pit
Virginia Cunningham is confused upon finding herself in a mental hospital, with no memory of her arrival at the institution. Tormented by delusions and unable to even recognize her husband, Robert, sh...
Miracle on 34th Street
Kris Kringle, the embodiment of Santa Claus, was asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's after his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. Many begin to question if he really is Santa Clau...
Gas House Kids Go West
The second of three "Bowery Boys" rip-offs produced by bargain-basement Producers Releasing Corporation.
Kit Madden is traveling to Hollywood, where her best-selling novel is to be filmed. Aboard the train, she encounters Marines Rusty and Dink, who don't know she is the author of the famous book, and wh...
The Dark Mirror
A sister and her disturbed twin are implicated in a murder and a police detective must figure out which one's the killer.
The Amazing Mr. Williams
Kenny Williams, a lieutenant on the homicide squad, is engaged to Maxine Carroll, the Mayor's secretary. Or isn't he rather married with his job? For each time he has a date with his longtime fiancée,...
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