Plays Miss Totten in both Ball of Fire (1941) and A Song Is Born (1948).
One of Hollywood's more resilient but uneventful "day-workers (a player required for only one day's shooting), Mary Field's plaintive, parrot-beaked, chinless face showed up in hundreds of films. She was billed so infrequently that she was still considered a relative unknown after a nearly three decade career. Plenty of nurses, shop clerks and maiden spinster parts came her way.
A few of her more visible roles in "A" quality pictures came to her via the dual role of the mother of both the prince and the pauper in Errol Flynn's The Prince and the Pauper (1937); a prim foundation lady in the Gary Cooper starrer Ball of Fire (1941); the Miniver children's piano teacher in Mrs. Miniver (1942) and the café owner in the classic film noir Out of the Past (1947).
She was an extremely modest person and never had any intentions of becoming famous.
She supported animal rights.
Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes are in the possession of her daughter and son-in-law.
During her time in Hollywood she made developed friendships with such acclaimed actors as William Powell, Irene Dunne, Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Fredric March, Cheryl Walker, and Jean Arthur.
She was a lifelong staunch supporter of the Republican party. During the 1940s, she became a close friend of the equally conservative Cheryl Walker and was active in both the San Marino Republican Women's Club and the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.
She appeared in three Best Picture Academy Award winners, the first two of which were in consecutive years: How Green Was My Valley (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). She also appeared in four other Best Picture nominees: Jezebel (1938), One Foot in Heaven (1941), Wake Island (1942) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
Dark-haired, slender-faced Hollywood actress generally typecast as nosy or prudish: sometimes spinster, sometimes gossip and sometimes efficient secretary or officious shop clerk - but ever-obnoxious withal.