Bonita Granville

Actress / Film Actress / Film Producer | * 02/02/1923 († 65, 10/11/1988) | New York City, New York, USA
Bonita Granville Wrather (née Bonita Gloria Granville; February 2, 1923 – October 11, 1988) was an American actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in the film These Three (1936). Her other notable film roles were in Cavalcade (1933), Ah, Wilderness! (1935), The Plough and the Stars (1937), Now, Voyager (1942), and Hitler's Children (1943). ()
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Daughter of Bernard 'Bunny' Granville and Rosina Timponi, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family on 2 Febuary 1923, in New York, New York. It's not surprising that she herself became a child actor, first on the stage and, at the age of 9, debuting in movies in Westward Passage (1932). She was regularly cast as a naughty little girl, as in These Three (1936) where she played Mary, an obnoxious girl spreading lies about her teachers. Her performance left an impression on the audience, and she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award. In 1938-39 came the movies she is now best remembered for -- playing the bright and feisty detective/reporter Nancy Drew in the Nancy Drew series. She also appeared with Mickey Rooney in a few Andy Hardy movies. She never really had a movie breakthrough, and after marrying oil millionaire and later producer Jack Wrather, she retired from acting in the middle of the 1950s, although she went on to produce the Lassie (1954) TV series. After her marriage to oil millionaire Jack Wrather in 1947, she appeared in only three more movies. She became an executive in the Wrather Corp., and first associate producer, then executive producer of the Lassie (1954) TV series. After Wrather's death in 1984, she took over as chairman of the board. She was also involved in many civic and cultural groups, and she was chair of American Film Institute, trustee of John F. Kennedy Center, as well as other well known organizations and charities. Walt Disney personally convinced the Wrathers to build the Disneyland Hotel when Disney could not raise the money to do so -- his credit was all tied up in building the theme park itself. After the phenomenal success of Disneyland, Disney attempted to buy the hotel; but the Wrathers steadfastly refused to sell. Long after Jack and Bonita Wrather's and Walt Disney's deaths, the Disney Company bought the Wrather Corporation. The Disney Company thus acquired the Disneyland Hotel, the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions in Long Beach, California, the rights to The Lone Ranger (1949) TV series, as well as other properties. Bonita Granville Rather died of cancer on 11 October 1988, in Santa Monica, California. She and Wrather had four children (two from Wrather's first marriage).

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Bonita Granville

Disney Legends Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

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Movies with Bonita Granville as Actress(56)

as Woman (uncredited)1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger
as Mrs. Kirkley1959 The Velvet Alley
as Welcome Kilgore1956 The Lone Ranger
as Stephanie Varna1950 Guilty of Treason
as Julie Ann Brady1948 Strike It Rich
as Kay Wilson1947 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
as Estelle Mitchell / Linda Mitchell1947 The Guilty
as Dorothy Larson1946 Breakfast in Hollywood
as Ronnie1946 Suspense
as Christine Allen1946 The Truth About Murder
as Alice1945 The Beautiful Cheat
as Jeannie Blake1945 Senorita from the West
as 'Toddy' Jones1944 Youth Runs Wild
as Bonnie1944 Song of the Open Road
as Kay Wilson1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
as Anna Miller1943 Hitler's Children
as June Vale1942 Now, Voyager
as Opal 'Snip' Madvig1942 The Glass Key
as Anne Porter1942 Seven Miles from Alcatraz
as Kit Latimer1942 Syncopation
as Francine 'Frankie' Diamond1941 Wild Man of Borneo
as Betty Haines1941 Down in San Diego
as Frances Marlowe1941 The People Vs. Dr. Kildare
as Mary Pulham1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq.
as Ursula1940 Escape
as Martha Scroggs1940 Those Were the Days!
as Kate Pendleton1940 Gallant Sons
as Elsa1940 The Mortal Storm
as Vicky Sherwood1940 Third Finger, Left Hand
as Peggy Finnegan1939 Angels Wash Their Faces
as Nancy Drew1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter
as Nancy Drew1938 Nancy Drew: Detective
as Connie Richards1938 Hard to Get
as Marian Kilbourne1938 Merrily We Live
as Gwen Colbrook1938 My Bill
as Sally Ward1938 White Banners
as herself1938 Breakdowns of 1938
as Roberta Morgan1938 The Beloved Brat
as Ann1937 Maid of Salem
as Isabella (uncredited)1937 Quality Street
as Gracie Kane1937 It's Love I'm After
as Ann Hilton1937 Call It a Day
as Mary Tilford1936 These Three
as Mollser Gogan1936 The Plough and the Stars
as Jen as a Child1936 Song of the Saddle
as Convent Girl (uncredited)1936 The Garden of Allah
as Mildred Miller1935 Ah, Wilderness!
as Joan Shadwell as a Child (uncredited)1934 The Life of Vergie Winters
as Carmen (uncredited)1933 Cradle Song
as Young Fanny1933 Cavalcade
as Amy's Classmate (uncredited)1933 Little Women
as Little Olivia Allen (age 9)1932 Westward Passage
as Liddy (uncredited)1932 Silver Dollar

TV Shows/Series with Bonita Granville as Actress(6)

TV Shows/Series with Bonita Granville as Crew(1)

Directing/Director1954 Lassie

Full Name: Bonita Granville
Born: Friday, 02/02 1923 (February) in Chicago
Died: Tuesday, 10/11 1988 (October) in Santa Monica (aged: 65)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Spouses (current/former): Jack Wrather
Other names for Bonita Granville (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Bonita Granville Wrather"
Bonita Granville frequently works together with these people:
John Litel (7x, Actor)
John Ridgely (6x, Actor)
Jack Mower (6x, Actor)
Heinz Roemheld (6x, Crew)
Addison Richards (5x, Actor)
Steve Brodie (5x, Actor)
June Lockhart (5x, Actress)
Nat Carr (5x, Actor)
Skip Homeier (5x, Actor)
Cesar Romero (5x, Actor)
Cliff Saum (5x, Actor)
Kenneth Gamet (5x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:292751, Added: 08/11/2018, Last updated: 02/15/2020