Bonita Granville


Actor
Bonita Granville

About

Also Known As
Bonita Granville Wrather
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
February 02, 1923
Died
October 11, 1988

Biography

Bonita Granville's success as an actress began when she was a mere ten years old. In her early acting career, Granville appeared in such films as "Cavalcade" (1933) with Diana Wynyard and the Wallace Beery comedy adaptation "Ah, Wilderness!" (1935). She was nominated for an Academy Award for "These Three" in 1936. She kept working in film throughout the thirties and the forties, starri...

Photos & Videos

Family & Companions

Jack Wrather
Husband
Oilman, producer. Married from 1947 to his death in 1984.

Biography

Bonita Granville's success as an actress began when she was a mere ten years old. In her early acting career, Granville appeared in such films as "Cavalcade" (1933) with Diana Wynyard and the Wallace Beery comedy adaptation "Ah, Wilderness!" (1935). She was nominated for an Academy Award for "These Three" in 1936. She kept working in film throughout the thirties and the forties, starring in "Nancy Drew - Reporter" (1939), "Forty Little Mothers" (1940) and "The Mortal Storm" (1940) with Margaret Sullavan. She also appeared in the Myrna Loy comedy "Third Finger, Left Hand" (1940). In the latter half of her career, she tackled roles in "Senorita From the West" (1945), "Breakfast in Hollywood" (1946) and "Suspense" (1946). She also appeared in the comedy "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy" (1947) with Mickey Rooney and "The Guilty" (1947). Granville more recently produced "Timmy and Lassie" (CBS, 1957-1964). Granville was married to Jack Wrather. Granville passed away in October 1988 at the age of 65.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Lone Ranger (1956)
Welcome Kilgore
Guilty of Treason (1950)
Stephanie Varna
Strike It Rich (1948)
Julie Brady
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1947)
Kay Wilson
The Guilty (1947)
Linda Mitchell/Estelle Mitchell
The Truth About Murder (1946)
Christine Allen
Suspense (1946)
Ronnie
Breakfast in Hollywood (1946)
Dorothy Larsen
The Beautiful Cheat (1945)
Alice
Senorita from the West (1945)
Jeannie Blake
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
Kay Wilson
Song of the Open Road (1944)
Bonnie
Youth Runs Wild (1944)
Toddy
Seven Miles from Alcatraz (1943)
Anne Porter
Hitler's Children (1943)
Anna Muller
The Glass Key (1942)
Opal Madvig
Now, Voyager (1942)
June Vale
Syncopation (1942)
Kit Latimer
Down in San Diego (1941)
Betty Haines
The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941)
Frances Marlowe
H. M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
Mary Pulham
The Wild Man of Borneo (1941)
Francine [Frankie] Diamond
Forty Little Mothers (1940)
Doris
Escape (1940)
Ursula
The Mortal Storm (1940)
Elsa
Those Were the Days! (1940)
Martha Scroggs
Gallant Sons (1940)
Kate Pendleton
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940)
Vicky Sherwood
Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (1939)
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (1939)
Nancy Drew
The Angels Wash Their Faces (1939)
Peggy Finnegan
Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)
Nancy Drew
The Beloved Brat (1938)
Roberta [Morgan]
White Banners (1938)
Sally Wardrobe
Hard to Get (1938)
Connie [Richards]
My Bill (1938)
Gwen Colbrook
The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
Violet
The Plough and the Stars (1937)
Mollser [Gogan]
Quality Street (1937)
Isabella
Maid of Salem (1937)
Virginia, their daughter
It's Love I'm After (1937)
Gracie Kane
Call It a Day (1937)
Ann Hilton
Song of the Saddle (1936)
Little Jen
The Garden of Allah (1936)
Child in convent
These Three (1936)
Mary Tilford
Ah, Wilderness (1935)
Mildred [Miller]
A Wicked Woman (1934)
Girl on train
The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)
Joan Shadwell, as a child
Cradle Song (1933)
Carmen
Cavalcade (1933)
Fanny [age 7]
Westward Passage (1932)
Little Olivia

Cast (Short)

Soaring Stars (1942)
Herself

Life Events

1926

Stage acting debut

1936

Received an Oscar nomination for her supporting turn in "These Three"

Photo Collections

The Glass Key - Behind-the-Scenes Photo
Here is a photo taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Glass Key (1942), starring Alan Ladd.
The People vs. Dr. Kildare - Title Lobby Card
Here is the Title Lobby Card from MGM's The People vs. Dr. Kildare (1941), starring Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Hitler's Children (1943) - Let Freedom Ring Leaping forward to 1939 Germany, Kent Smith narrating as “Nicky,” teacher at the American ex-pat school, has noted Memorial Day, and his top student, German-born Anna (Bonita Granville), now his assistant, arrested then meeting her former playmate Karl (Tim Holt), in Edward Dmytryk’s Hitler’s Children, 1943.
Hitler's Children (1943) - It Is Our Birthright To Rule Polemics in 1933 Germany, as Schmidt (Erford Gage) teaches his proto-Nazi pupils, Tim Holt his distracted star student, and Kent Smith as teacher “Nicky” Nichols, Anna (Bonita Granville) his standout at the neighboring “American Colony” school, in the surprise hit RKO propaganda vehicle Hitler’s Children, 1943.
Lone Ranger, The (1956) - You Can't Make A Boy Of Her Back-story in the first movie version, the governor (Charles Meredith) gets an earful about Indians in the territory, his rancher host Kilgore (Lyle Bettger) clashes with his wife (Bonita Granville) about their daughter (Beverly Washburn), in producer Jack Wrather's The Lone Ranger, 1956.
Ah, Wilderness -- (1935) - Don't Kiss Me Sister! Richard (Eric Linden) arrives home to the Miller clan, Lionel Barrymore and Spring Byington the parents, Bonita Granville his sister, Wallace Beery colorful uncle Sid, Frank Albertson the brother and Aline MacMahon aunt Lily, early in MGM's 1935 version of Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness.
Ah, Wilderness -- (1935) - Strange Currents Will Carry Us Graduate Richard (Eric Linden) orates, brother Tommy (Mickey Rooney) horsing around in the audience with Mom (Spring Byington), and father (Lionel Barrymore), following his text, intervenes just in time, in Eugene O'Neill's comedy of New England society, Ah, Wilderness. 1936.
Now, Voyager (1942) - I Met A Doctor In Rio Sister-in-law Lisa (Ilka Chase) and her daughter June (Bonita Granville) are thrilled with the made-over Charlotte (Bette Davis), mobbed by well-wishers (Bill Kennedy, James Rennie, Lee Patrick, Franklin Pangborn) on her return from the cruise prescribed by her shrink, in Now, Voyager, 1942.
Youth Runs Wild - Bar Fight Toddy (Bonita Granville) is the unlikely victim as Herb (Johnny Walsh) and his pals start a bar fight in Youth Runs Wild, 1944.
Youth Runs Wild - Come Home Teenage barmaid Sarah (Tessa Brind) tells Danny (Kent Smith) she can't come home anymore, then seeks support from Toddy (Bonita Granville) in Youth Runs Wild, 1944.
Youth Runs Wild - Wanna Go? Frankie and Sarah (Glenn Vernon and Tessa Brind) are tempted by the more worldly Larry and Toddy (Lawrence Tierney and Bonita Granville) in Youth Runs Wild, 1944.
It's Love I'm After (1937) - Aristocratic Hens Marcia West (Olivia De Havilland) and parents (Spring Byington, George Barbier) are unaware that their unexpected guest, actor Basil Underwod (Leslie Howard) and his man (Eric Blore) are consipring with her fiance` Henry (Patric Knowles) to make him repulsive, in It's Love I'm After, 1937.
Merrily We Live - Stop Squirming! Mother Emily (Billie Burke) appears for breakfast joining Jerry (Constance Bennett), Marion (Bonita Granville) et al, slow to realize her "pet tramp" has made off with the family silver, in Merrily We Live, 1938.
Merrily We Live - Robert Taylor Charitable mom Emily (Billie Burke) and young Marion (Bonita Granville) with banter as principals Jerry (Constance Bennett) and Rawlins (Brian Aherne, evidently a vagrant) meet, in the Hal Roach comedy Merrily We Live, 1938.

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Family

Maria Brambilla
Grandmother
Prima ballerina.
Francis Timponi
Grandfather
Operatic conductor.
Bernard Granville
Father
Vaudevillian. Ziegfield Follies star.

Companions

Jack Wrather
Husband
Oilman, producer. Married from 1947 to his death in 1984.

Bibliography