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- Harriet Walker
Wasn't she in "These Three" 1936? I don't see it listed in her film history.
Darn good actress
- Linda Steele Sperry
One of my fave movies of all time is Now Voyager. Bonita was great as the niece. Seen all her Movies and enjoyed them very much. Really liked her Nancy Drew films. I am 61 and a lover of the old hollywood Classics very much. Much better then most of the junk they make today. I am sad to see more and more Of the real movie stars are gone. It is a shame Bonita stopped acting but she must have had her reasons. Well not much to say except she was a very very talented young woman and film is glad to have had her.
Bonita Granville Wrather
- Nancy Hall
I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Mrs. Wrather and her husband through a mutual friend, who was also a son of a famous director. We all had a wonderful dinner one evening. I remember her so well for many reasons, but the most clear and vital reason was her happy demeanor. She had tremendous energy - more energy than I had ever (and ever since meeting her) seen in anyone before. It was a spirited vitality times 100 . At the time, I had no knowledge of her or her famous background nor any knowledge even of her famous husband, Jack. They were two of the most wonderful, gracious, happy people I have yet to meet. They both defined positivity in its highest form. I met them in 1975, so that was way before either of them died. I always remembered their names - and when I one day, not long ago, discovered who they actually were, I was totally astounded. It was probably better I did not actually know who they were or I would've been too awe-struck (or more awe-struck than I actually was) to even eat that night!!! God bless them both!!
TCM the best
I'm very entertained by the Nancy Drew movies mostly because of Bonita Granville. She is so cute and perky--a perfect prom date!
Love the Original Nancy Drew!
Thanks TCM for airing the Nancy Drew films this afternoon! My mom introduced me to her prized Nancy Drew books as a child. I called her and we watched all four and talked via long distance about each movie and how great Bonita Granville was...mom saw the originals as a kid and it was fun hearing her thoughts about the movies. She told me she also met Bonita and got her autograph in the 1940's when Bonita was in east TX filming a movie. Thanks again TCM for providing a GREAT afternoon of fun!!!
Bonita Granville, really an underrated Super Star!
Thank You Turner Classic Movies for introducing the mrs and I to the original Nancy Drew movie series and BONITA GRANVILLE. I am 63 and love these old films. Besides being beautiful with that girl-next-door look, she was tremendously talented as a young actress. I've introduced her to my two sisters living in other states and now they are fans too! I'm collecting all the old films of hers I can. She is a joy to watch! Too bad she never quite gained the popularity and acclaim of some Hollywood actresses. Arguably the MOST TALENTED child star of all time, she sure would have been deserving! She chose marriage over her career in 1948. Her and her husband, Jack Wrather Jr., had four children and stayed married 37 years until his death in 1984. Bonita never left show business completely, becoming a producer of both the television series, "Lassie" and "The Lone Ranger" and a number of movies. In 1986, she became the fifth Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute, which was created in order to preserve American film. She served in the post until she died of cancer on Oct 11, 1988 at just 65 years of age. After her death, the Chairmen of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute were honored with the BONITA GRANVILLE WRATHER GALLERY in the Warner Communications Building. Never just a spectator in the game of life, Bonita was a player who controlled it and did well. She refused to fall into the same traps as many of her peers in the industry. Bonita Granville was a very talented woman who deserves to be remembered today much more than she is. She left behind her a very full life and an on-screen legacy that should last forever. Rest in peace, great lady. You are still entertaining us today!
Love that Nancy Drew!!
- Bobby Shepard
Hi, I have recently gained a lot of interest in old movies from the 30's through the 50's. That's about all I watch on TV anymore (on TCM of course). I just wanted to say that I love the old Nancy Drew movies with Bonita!! I only wish they would have made more of them!! I can't wait to see the new Nancy Drew movie to see if it is as good as the old version!!! Well, that's about it, CUL8R :-)