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Also Known As: Bonnie Bedelia Culkin Died:
Born: March 25, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, dancer

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A talented and attractive leading lady, Bonnie Bedelia (nee Culkin) began her career as a juvenile performer on stage and TV along with her older brother Kit. After being spotted by a talent scout in a school production of "Tom Sawyer", she made her stage debut at the North Jersey Playhouse and later earned a full scholarship at George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. The petite brunette danced in four productions at City Ballet before hanging up her toe shoes in favor of acting. After a five-year stint (1961-66) as a regular on the CBS daytime serial "Love of Life", Bedelia made a splash in the Broadway play "My Sweet Charlie", playing a pregnant young Southern woman on the lam with a black lawyer.

A talented and attractive leading lady, Bonnie Bedelia (nee Culkin) began her career as a juvenile performer on stage and TV along with her older brother Kit. After being spotted by a talent scout in a school production of "Tom Sawyer", she made her stage debut at the North Jersey Playhouse and later earned a full scholarship at George Balanchine's New York City Ballet. The petite brunette danced in four productions at City Ballet before hanging up her toe shoes in favor of acting. After a five-year stint (1961-66) as a regular on the CBS daytime serial "Love of Life", Bedelia made a splash in the Broadway play "My Sweet Charlie", playing a pregnant young Southern woman on the lam with a black lawyer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Berkeley (2007)
2.
 Flowers for Algernon (2000) Rose
3.
 Sordid Lives (2000) Latrelle Williamson
4.
 Picnic (2000) Flo Owens
5.
 Gloria (1999) Brenda
6.
 Anywhere But Here (1999) Carol
7.
 Locked in Silence (1999) Lydia Cline
8.
 To Live Again (1998) Iris Sayer
9.
 Any Mother's Son (1997) Dorothy Hajdys
10.
 Bad Manners (1997) Nancy Westlund
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1957:
Made stage debut at North Jersey Playhouse in "Dr. Praetorius"
1958:
Made television debut on Playhouse 90's version of "The Nutcracker"
1958:
Danced in four New York City Ballet productions, including playing the role of Clara in "The Nutcracker"
1961:
Played the recurring role of Sandy Porter on the CBS daytime drama, "Love of Life"
1962:
Made New York stage debut in "Isle of Children"
1965:
Acted on Broadway in "The Playroom"
1967:
Starred on Broadway in "My Sweet Charlie"
:
Spent three seasons with Andre Gregory's Los Angeles Repertory Company
1969:
Made film acting debut in "The Gypsy Moths"
1969:
Played a pregnant marathon dancer in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"; also sang the song, "The Best Things in Life Are Free"
1970:
Starred in the screen comedy, "Lovers and Other Strangers"
1972:
Had leading role in the romantic drama, "Sandcastles" (CBS)
1974:
Co-starred as Anne Larsen in the short-lived ABC Western series, "The New Land"
1979:
Acted in the CBS miniseries, "Salem's Lot"
1980:
Directed by second husband Robert Lieberman in the based-on-fact TV-movie, "Fighting Back" (ABC)
1983:
Portrayed race car driver Shirley Muldowney in "Heart Like a Wheel"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
1986:
Cast as Kevin Kline's wife in "Violets Are Blue"
1986:
Played the widowed mother of two in "The Boy Who Could Fly"
1988:
Portrayed Bruce Willis' spouse in the thriller, "Die Hard"
1989:
Played Kitty Oppenheimer, the wife of Dwight Schultz's Robert Oppenheimer, in "Fat Man and Little Boy"
1990:
Reprised role of Willis' wife in "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"
1990:
Offered strong turn as Harrison Ford's spouse in "Presumed Innocent"
:
Co-founded the Los Angeles Classic Theater Works
1991:
Cast as one of the mothers whose children are "Switched at Birth" in the NBC miniseries
1992:
Garnered praise for playing the title role in the fact-based, "A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story" (ABC)
1993:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her performance in an episode of the Showtime series, "Fallen Angels"
1995:
Co-starred opposite Brian Dennehy in the NBC movie, "Shadow of a Doubt"
1997:
Portrayed the mother of a sailor who was murdered because he was gay in the Lifetime movie, "Any Mother's Son"
1998:
Played a social worker facing her most challenging case in "To Live Again" (CBS)
1999:
Had featured role in "Anywhere But Here"
2000:
Played Flo Owens in the CBS remake of "Picnic"
2001:
Played Captain Kaitlyn McCafferty in the Lifetime series, "The Division"
2010:
Cast as Camille, the matriarch of the Braverman family, on NBC's updated version of the 1989 film, "Parenthood"
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Education

Hunter College: New York City , New York -
Quintano School for Young Professionals: New York City , New York -
HB Studio: New York City , New York -
Actors Studio: New York City , New York -
School of the American Ballet: New York City , New York - 1957 - 1962

Notes

Some sources list both 1948 and 1952 as the year of Ms. Bedelia's birth.

Bedelia recorded the vocal for "The Best Things in Life Are Free" for the original soundtrack recording of the film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

Received Golden Globe nomination for "Heart Like a Wheel"

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husband:
Kenneth Luber. TV scriptwriter. Married on April 15, 1969; divorced in 1980.
husband:
Robert Lieberman. Director. Divorced; later married Marilu Henner.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Marian Ethel Culkin. Writer, editor.
father:
Philip Harley Culkin. Journalist.
brother:
Kit Culkin. Child actor. Born c. 1944; father of child stars Macaulay, Kieran, Quinn and Rory Culkin.
sister:
Candice Culkin. Actor.
son:
Uri Luber. Born on June 5, 1970; father. Kenneth Luber.
son:
Jonah Luber. Born on June 15, 1976; 1976; father. Kenneth Luber.
nephew:
Macaulay Culkin. Actor. Born in 1980; star of "Home Alone" and others.
nephew:
Kieran Culkin. Actor. Born in 1982; appeared in "Father of the Bride II" and others.
niece:
Quinn Culkin. Actor. Born in 1984; appeared in "The Good Son" and others.
nephew:
Rory Culkin. Born c. 1989; appeared in "You Can Count on Me".
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