Mary Field (June 10, 1909 – June 12, 1996) was an American
film actress who primarily appeared in supporting roles.
She was born in New York City. As a child she never knew her
biological parents. During her infancy she was left outside the doors of a
church with a note pinned to her saying that her name was "Olivia
Rockefeller". She would later be adopted.
In 1937, she was signed under contract to Warner Bros.
Studios and made her film debut in The Prince and the Pauper (1937). Her other
screen credits include parts in such films as “Jezebel” (1938), “Cowboy from
Brooklyn” (1938), “The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse” (1938), “Eternally Yours”
(1939), “When Tomorrow Comes” (1939),” Broadway Melody” of 1940, “Ball of Fire”
(1941), “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), “Mrs. Miniver” (1942), “Out of the
Past” (1947), and “Life With Father” (1947). During her time in Hollywood she
starred in approximately 103 films.
Her TV credits include parts in Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and
The Loretta Young Show. In 1963, her last acting role was as a Roman Catholic
nun in the television series, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly and modeled
after the 1944 Bing Crosby film of the same name. She appeared in several
episodes of the television comedy, Topper, as Henrietta Topper's friend Thelma
On June 12, 1996, just two days after her 87th birthday,
Mary Field died at her home in Fairfax, Virginia of complications from a
stroke. She lived there with her daughter, Susana Kerstein, and son-in- Law,
Bob Kerstein. She had two grandchildren, Sky Kerstein and Kendall Kerstein.