Louise Latham

Louise Latham
Born (1922-09-23) September 23, 1922
Hamilton, Texas, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1961-2000

Louise Latham (born September 23, 1922) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Bernice Edgar in Alfred Hitchcock's film Marnie (1964).

Early years

Latham comes from Hamilton, Texas. She is from a family of ranchers, "mostly around San Saba and Mason counties in Texas." She graduated from Dallas' Sunset High School.[1]


Most of Latham's work has been on television. In 1965 she made two appearances on Perry Mason, both roles as the murderer; Matilda Shore in "The Case of the Careless Kitten" and Shirley Logan in "The Case of the Cheating Chancellor".

She made other appearances on The Waltons, playing Olivia's Aunt Kate who consoles Olivia through her ordeal with menopause, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Hawaii Five-O, Ironside, Columbo, Rhoda, Murder, She Wrote, The Streets of San Francisco, Family Affair as Aunt Fran, who leaves Buffy (Anissa Jones) in the care of Uncle Bill (Brian Keith) in the show's first episode, Designing Women (as Perky, the mother of Julia and Suzanne Sugarbaker), The X-Files, and The Invaders in the 1967 episode "Genesis". Latham's character was the first to learn the real circumstances of Dr. Richard Kimble's wife's death in the final episode of The Fugitive (1967). She was a regular in the cast of the short-lived 1976 CBS series Sara.


Latham's role in Marnie proved to be a turning point in her career. A newspaper's photo caption in 1965 noted:

A stage actress, Louise now leans to making films because "'Marnie' changed my life, satisfied my soul," she says, "now I want some more of the same."[2]

She appeared in such films as Marnie (1964), Firecreek (1968), Adam at 6 A.M. (1970), White Lightning (1973), The Sugarland Express (1974), Mass Appeal (1984), The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Paradise (1991) and Love Field (1992).


Latham's Broadway credits include the 1956 revival of Major Barbara, Invitation to a March (1960), and Isle of Children (1962).[3]

Her other stage performances included work "under the personal direction of Margo Jones" in Theater '54 in Dallas, Texas.[4] In 1958, she was in a touring company that performed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.[5]


  1. Kleiner, Dick (February 24, 1965). "Hollywood Today". Standard-Speaker. Retrieved November 1, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  2. "(photo caption)". The Courier News. February 23, 1965. p. 2. Retrieved November 1, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Louise Latham". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  4. Comerer, Marshall (November 30, 1954). "Humor Lacking In Theater '54 'As You Like It'". Corsicana Daily Sun. p. 4. Retrieved November 1, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "(advertisiment)". The Pocono Record. September 6, 1958. p. 5. Retrieved November 1, 2015 via Newspapers.com.
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