Beulah Bondi

Highest Rated: 100% The Furies (1950)
Lowest Rated: 63% The Invisible Ray (1936)
Birthday: May 3, 1888
Birthplace: Not Available
American actress Beulah Bondi entered the theatre at age 7, playing the male role of Little Lord Fauntleroy; it would be her last role "in drag" and one of the very few times that she'd play a character her own age. Upon graduation from Valparaiso University, she joined a stock company, working throughout the US until her 1925 Broadway debut in Wild Birds. Even in her late twenties and early thirties, Bondi specialized in playing mothers, grandmothers and society dowagers. She made her first film, Street Scene, in 1931, concentrating on movies thereafter. She is best known to modern film fans for her role as James Stewart's mother in the Christmastime favorite It's a Wonderful Life (1946). It was but one of several occasions (among them Vivacious Lady [1938] and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939]) that the actress played Stewart's mother; as late as 1971, Bondi was essaying the same role in the short-lived sitcom The Jimmy Stewart Show. Even after her "official" screen retirement - her last film was Tammy and the Doctor (1963), in which, not surprisingly, she played a wealthy old invalid - Bondi kept herself open for television roles, including an Emmy-winning 1977 performance on the dramatic TV series The Waltons.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Make Way for Tomorrow Actor 2010
No Score Yet She Waits Actor 1971
No Score Yet Tammy and the Doctor Mrs. Call 1963
No Score Yet The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm The Gypsy 1962
No Score Yet Tammy Tell Me True Mrs. Call 1961
83% A Summer Place Mrs. Hamilton Hamble 1959
No Score Yet The Big Fisherman Hannah 1959
No Score Yet The Unholy Wife Emma Hochen 1957
No Score Yet Back From Eternity Martha Spangler 1957
No Score Yet Track of the Cat Ma Bridges 1954
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Woman Analyst 1953
No Score Yet Lone Star Minniver Bryan 1952
100% The Furies Mrs. Anaheim 1950
86% The Baron of Arizona Loma Morales 1950
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch Mrs. Hangale 1949
100% The Snake Pit Mrs. Greer 1948
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters Hester Rivercomb 1948
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart Granny Kincaid 1948
93% It's a Wonderful Life Ma Bailey 1946
No Score Yet Sister Kenny Mary Kenny 1946
No Score Yet Breakfast in Hollywood Annie Reed 1946
No Score Yet Back to Bataan Bertha Barnes 1945
91% The Southerner Granny Tucker 1945
No Score Yet And Now Tomorrow Aunt Em 1944
No Score Yet The Very Thought of You Mrs. Wheeler 1944
80% Watch on the Rhine Anise 1943
No Score Yet Tonight We Raid Calais Mme. Bonnard 1943
100% One Foot in Heaven Mrs. Lydia Sandow 1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills Aunt Mollie 1941
93% Penny Serenade Miss Oliver 1941
No Score Yet The Captain is a Lady Angie Peabody 1940
83% Our Town Mrs. Webb 1940
100% Remember the Night Mrs. Sargent 1940
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Ma Smith 1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Nellie Northrup - Granny 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Sisters Rose Elliott 1938
100% Vivacious Lady Mrs. Morgan 1938
No Score Yet Of Human Hearts Mary Wilkins 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Aunt Charlotte 1938
100% Make Way for Tomorrow Lucy Cooper 1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem Abigail Goode 1937
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Rachel 1936
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Madame Letizia 1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine Melissa 1936
63% The Invisible Ray Lady Arabella Stevens 1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home Mrs. Boyce Medford 1936
No Score Yet The Good Fairy Dr. Schultz 1935
No Score Yet The Painted Veil Frau Koerber 1934
No Score Yet Finishing School Miss Van Alstyn 1934
No Score Yet Stranger's Return Beatrice 1933
100% Rain Mrs. Davidson 1932
88% Arrowsmith Mrs. Tozer 1931
100% Street Scene Emma Jones 1931

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Waltons
1972-1981
  • 1976
  • 1974
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mrs. Sutton
  • 1955

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