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Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
(May 3, 1889 – January 11, 1981)[1] was an American actress of stage, film and television.[2] She began her acting career as a young child in theater and, after establishing herself as a stage actress, reprised her role in Street Scene for the 1931 film version. She played supporting roles in several films during the 1930s, and was twice nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress. She played the mother of James Stewart
James Stewart
in the four films Of Human Hearts, Vivacious Lady, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
(1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). She continued acting well into her later years, winning an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for an appearance on The Waltons
The Waltons
in 1976.


1 Life and career 2 Television 3 Personal life and death 4 Complete filmography 5 Radio appearances 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Life and career[edit] Bondi was born Beulah Bondy in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Eva Suzanna (née Marble), an author, and Abraham O. Bondy, who worked in real estate.[3][4][5] The family moved to Valparaiso, Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana
when she was three, and Bondi began her acting career on the stage at age seven, playing Cedric Errol in a production of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana. She graduated from the Frances Shimer Academy
Frances Shimer Academy
(later Shimer College) in 1907,[6] and gained her bachelor's and master's degrees in oratory at Valparaiso University in 1916 and 1918. She made her Broadway debut in Kenneth S. Webb's One of the Family at the 49th Street Theatre on December 21, 1925. She next appeared in another hit, Maxwell Anderson's Saturday's Children, in 1926. It was Bondi's performance in Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning Street Scene, which opened at the Playhouse Theatre on January 10, 1929, that brought Bondi to the movies at the age of 43. Her debut movie role was as "Emma Jones" in Street Scene (1931), which starred Sylvia Sidney, and in which Bondi reprised her stage role, followed by "Mrs. Davidson" in Rain (1932), which starred Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford
and Walter Huston. She was one of the first five women to be nominated for an Academy Award in the newly created category of "Best Supporting Actress" for her work in The Gorgeous Hussy, although she lost the award to Gale Sondergaard. Two years later she was nominated again for Of Human Hearts and lost again, but her reputation as a character actress kept her employed. She would most often be seen in the role of the mother of the star of the film for the rest of her career, with the exception of Make Way for Tomorrow
Make Way for Tomorrow
(1937) as the abandoned Depression-era 'Ma' Cooper. She often played mature roles in her early film career even though she was only in her early 40s. In 1940 Bondi played Mrs. Webb in Our Town. For her contributions to the film industry, Bondi received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
in 1960. The star is located at 1718 Vine Street.[7] Television[edit] Bondi's television credits include Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
and Howard Richardson's Ark of Safety on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. She appeared with Jan Clayton
Jan Clayton
in "The Prairie Story" on NBC's Wagon Train. (This theme is also examined in the novel The Wind by Dorothy Scarborough; the episode aired on February 1, 1961, three months after the death of Ward Bond.).[8] She made a guest appearance on Perry Mason
Perry Mason
in 1963 when she played the role of Sophia Stone in "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew." Bondi made her final appearances as Martha Corinne Walton on The Waltons in the episodes "The Conflict" (September 1974) and "The Pony Cart" (December 1976). She received an Emmy
award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for her performance in "The Pony Cart" (December 1976), her final career screen performance. When her name was called, it first appeared that she was not present, but she received a standing ovation as she walked slowly to the podium, from which she thanked the audience for honoring her while she was still living. Personal life and death[edit] Despite the fact that she was known for playing mother figures, Bondi never married in real life. She died from pulmonary complications caused by broken ribs suffered when she tripped over her cat in her home on January 11, 1981, at age 91. Complete filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1931 Street Scene Emma Jones

Arrowsmith Mrs. Tozer Uncredited

1932 Rain Mrs. Davidson

1933 The Stranger's Return Beatrice Storr

Christopher Bean Mrs. Hannah Haggett

1934 Two Alone Mrs. Slag

Registered Nurse Miss McKenna

Finishing School Her Teacher / Miss Van Alstyne

The Painted Veil Frau Koerber Scenes cut

Ready for Love Mrs. Burke

1935 The Good Fairy Dr. Schultz

Bad Boy Mrs. Larkin

1936 The Invisible Ray Lady Arabella Stevens

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Melissa Tolliver

The Moon's Our Home Mrs. Boyce Medford

The Case Against Mrs. Ames Mrs. Livingston Ames

Hearts Divided Madame Letizia

The Gorgeous Hussy Rachel Jackson

1937 Maid of Salem Abigail - His Wife

Make Way for Tomorrow Lucy Cooper

1938 The Buccaneer Aunt Charlotte

Of Human Hearts Mary Wilkins

Vivacious Lady Martha Morgan

The Sisters Rose Elliott

1939 On Borrowed Time Nellie - Granny

The Under-Pup Miss Thornton

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Ma Smith

1940 Remember the Night Mrs. Sargent

Our Town Mrs. Webb

The Captain Is a Lady Angie Peabody

1941 Penny Serenade Miss Oliver

The Shepherd of the Hills Aunt Mollie Matthews

One Foot in Heaven Mrs. Lydia Sandow

1943 Tonight We Raid Calais Mme. Bonnard

Watch on the Rhine Anise

1944 She's a Soldier Too Agatha Kittredge

I Love a Soldier Etta Lane

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Miss Horn

The Very Thought of You Mrs. Harriet Wheeler

And Now Tomorrow Aunt Em

1945 Back to Bataan Bertha Barnes

The Southerner Granny Tucker

1946 Breakfast in Hollywood Mrs. Annie Reed

Sister Kenny Mary Kenny

It's a Wonderful Life Ma Bailey

1947 High Conquest Clara Kingsley

1948 The Sainted Sisters Hester Rivercomb

The Snake Pit Mrs. Greer

So Dear to My Heart Granny Kincaid

1949 The Life of Riley Miss Martha Bogle

Reign of Terror Grandma Blanchard

Mr. Soft Touch Mrs. Clara Hangale

1950 The Baron of Arizona Loma

The Furies Mrs. Anaheim

1952 Lone Star Minniver Bryan

1953 Latin Lovers Analyst

1954 Track of the Cat Ma Bridges

1956 Back from Eternity Martha Spangler

1957 The Unholy Wife Emma Hochen

On Borrowed Time 'Granny' Northrup TV movie

1959 The Big Fisherman Hannah

A Summer Place Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble

1961 Tammy Tell Me True Mrs. Annie Call

1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm The Gypsy ('The Dancing Princess')

1963 Tammy and the Doctor Mrs. Annie Call

1972 She Waits Mrs. Medina TV movie

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1952 Stars in the Air "On Borrowed Time"[9]

See also[edit]

List of actors with Academy Award
Academy Award


^ According to the State of California. California Death Index, 1940–1997. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com ^ Obituary Variety, January 21, 1981. ^ Nissen, A. (2007). Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties. Mcfarland & Company. p. 43. ISBN 9780786427468. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Thompson, D.E. (1981). Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Wabash College. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ "Explore Historical Newspaper Archives Online NewspaperARCHIVE.com". newspaperarchive.com. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Shimer College
Shimer College
(March 1976). " Beulah Bondi
Beulah Bondi
Stars at Shimer Film Tribute". Shimer College
Shimer College
Bulletin. p. 8.  ^ " Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Beulah Bondi". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 29, 2017.  ^ "The Prairie Story". imdb.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.  ^ Kirby, Walter (April 6, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 52. Retrieved May 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

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