Beulah Bondi

Beulah Bondi

Highest Rated: 100% Vivacious Lady (1938)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Invisible Ray (1936)

Birthday: May 3, 1889

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago-born Beulah Bondi spent many years appearing in theatrical stock companies throughout the USA before making her Broadway debut in 1925 as a 70-year old servant in "One of the Family" (while still in her mid-30s!). After creating the role of the slovenly, gossipy neighbor in the stage play "Street Scene," Bondi earned kudos reprising it in the 1931 film version. With her plain, undistinguished but malleable features, the actress was often cast in older parts: At age 45, she offered a heartbreaking performance as an elderly woman in a nursing home in "Make Way for Tomorrow" (1937). One of Hollywood's truly priceless character players, Bondi was twice Oscar-nominated for her supporting performances in "The Gorgeous Hussy" (1936, as the backwards wife of President Andrew Jackson) and in "Of Human Hearts" (1938, as the doormat wife of stern minister Walter Huston). In the latter, Bondi played mother to James Stewart, which she would later do in the classics "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), both for director Frank Capra. Whether as the Puritan mother of troublemaking Bonita Granville in "Maid of Salem" (1937), or the mother of the ill-fated Emily Webb in the 1940 screen adaptation of "Our Town," Bondi personified not just the American maternal ideal as the backbone of the culture, but also the common woman of dignity and great strength.

Highest rated movies

One Foot in Heaven
Remember the Night
Vivacious Lady
Make Way for Tomorrow
Street Scene
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington It's a Wonderful Life
Penny Serenade




No Score Yet 20% She Waits Mrs. Medina (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 61% The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm The Gypsy (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 74% Tammy Tell Me True Mrs. Annie Call (Character) - 1961
83% 70% A Summer Place Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 56% The Unholy Wife Emma Hochen (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 59% Back From Eternity Martha Spangler (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 51% Track of the Cat Ma Bridges (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 33% Latin Lovers Analyst (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 57% Lone Star Minniver Bryan (Character) - 1952
86% 69% The Baron of Arizona Loma Morales (Character) - 1950
90% 80% The Furies Mrs. Anaheim (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 51% So Dear to My Heart Granny Kincaid (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 60% Mr. Soft Touch Mrs. Hangale (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Riley Miss Martha Bogle (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Conquest Clara Kingsley (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 70% Sister Kenny Mary Kenny (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 38% Breakfast in Hollywood Mrs. Annie Reed (Character) - 1946
94% 95% It's a Wonderful Life Mrs. Bailey (Character) $3.3M 1946
80% 63% Back to Bataan Bertha Barnes (Character) - 1945
93% 79% The Southerner Granny Tucker (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet She's a Soldier, Too Agatha Kittredge (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Love a Soldier Etta Lane (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 75% The Very Thought of You Mrs. Harriet Wheeler (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Aunt Em (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet No Score Yet Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Miss Horn (Character) - 1944
80% 64% Watch on the Rhine Anise (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 63% The Shepherd of the Hills Aunt Mollie (Character) - 1941
94% 75% Penny Serenade Miss Oliver (Character) - 1941
100% 54% One Foot in Heaven Mrs. Lydia Sandow (Character) - 1941
100% 83% Remember the Night Mrs. Sargent (Character) - 1940
86% 46% Our Town Mrs. Webb (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Captain Is a Lady Angie Peabody (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Nellie Northrup (Character) - 1939
96% 94% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Ma Smith (Character) - 1939
100% 81% Vivacious Lady Mrs. Martha Morgan (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 55% Of Human Hearts Mary Wilkins (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 58% The Sisters Rose Elliott (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 0% Maid of Salem Abigail (Character) - 1937
100% 92% Make Way for Tomorrow Lucy Cooper (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts Divided Madame Letizia (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 31% The Gorgeous Hussy Rachel Jackson (Character) - 1936
67% 51% The Invisible Ray Lady Arabella Stevens (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Boy Mrs. Larkin (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 54% The Painted Veil Frau Koerber (scenes deleted) (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 30% Finishing School Miss Van Alstyne (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Registered Nurse Miss McKenna (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet 67% The Stranger's Return Beatrice (Character) - 1933
88% 66% Rain Mrs. Alfred Davidson (Character) - 1932
100% 70% Street Scene Emma Jones (Character) - 1931


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Waltons Unknown (Guest Star) 1974 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Sophia Stone (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957
No Score Yet 90% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1955