Bonnie Bedelia

Lowest Rated: 11% Speechless (1994)
Birthday: Mar 25, 1948
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the more underrated actresses working in the cinema, Bonnie Bedelia has been impressing critics and audiences with her strong and understated screen presence for over three decades. Frequently cast as put-upon wives and mothers, Bedelia did particularly memorable work in this capacity in the first two Die Hard movies and in Presumed Innocent (1990), all of which allowed her to provide depth and complexity to what could have been stock characters.Born Bonnie Bedelia Culkin (she is the sister of Kit Culkin, father of Macaulay) in New York City on March 25, 1946, Bedelia began performing for an audience at a young age, beginning her study of ballet at the age of four and joining George Balanchine's School of Ballet three years later. At the advanced age of nine, she made her off-Broadway debut in a production of Tom Sawyer, then spent the next four years dancing professionally with the New York City Ballet and working in various summer stock and off-Broadway productions. Her television debut as a regular on the daytime soap Love of Life followed when Bedelia was 13; while working on the show, she also attended high school, studied at the Quintano School of Acting with Uta Hagen, and appeared in four Broadway productions. In 1967, Bedelia earned a Theatre World Award for her performance in the play My Sweet Charlie and subsequently joined actors Martin Sheen and Louis Gossett Jr. in their formation of a classical acting troupe in Los Angeles. Bedelia made her film debut with a supporting role in The Gypsy Moths, a 1969 drama directed by John Frankenheimer that starred Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. That same year, she earned great acclaim for her work in Sydney Pollack's They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, which cast her as the pregnant wife of a hapless drifter (Bruce Dern). A role as a young bride-to-be in the similarly feted Lovers and Other Strangers followed in 1970, and Bedelia spent the remainder of the decade appearing largely in TV movies.1983 provided Bedelia with a meaty starring role in the theatrical feature Heart Like a Wheel, the true-life tale of drag racer Shirley "Cha-Cha" Muldowney. Though the movie made minor waves in theaters, Bedelia's hardscrabble portrayal received universal praise, so much so that there was strong Academy Awards buzz surrounding the actress. A Best Actress nomination eluded her, although she was duly recognized with a nod from the Golden Globes in 1984. She continued to do prolific television work in the 1980s, but also had enthusiastically received turns in such films as The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), a family drama that cast her as the widowed mother of two children, and Die Hard (1988), the action blockbuster that saw her prove an able foil for star Bruce Willis in her role as Willis' estranged wife. She reprised her role in the latter for Die Hard 2 two years later, and that same year gave a haunting portrayal of Harrison Ford's neglected and embittered wife in Alan J. Pakula's Presumed Innocent. Bedelia subsequently continued to do much of her work on TV, earning an Emmy nomination for her performance in the noirish made-for-cable Fallen Angels (1993) and a Cable Ace Award nomination for Any Mother's Son (1997), a drama about a young Navy seaman who was murdered for being gay. She made a colorful return to the big screen in 2000 as one of the stars of Sordid Lives, Del Shores' campy comedy about the reunion of three generations of a dysfunctional Texas family. The micro-budgeted film became something of a cult hit, and Bedelia parlayed the success into a starring role on the Lifetime network's police drama The Division. Though the award-winning series would eventually go off the air after four seasons, Bedelia continued to nurture a fruitful and rewarding career with series director Bobby Roth when she appeared in both his 2003 Jack the Dog follow-up Manhood, and his 2005 Vietnam-era drama Berkeley.She then took a five-year hiatus from movies and TV before returning in 2010 with a

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% The Scent of Rain & Lightning Annabelle 2018
83% A Very Sordid Wedding Latrelle Williamson 2017
No Score Yet Christmas on the Coast Ellie Cassadine 2017
33% Berkeley Professor Hawkins 2007
No Score Yet A Joyous Christmas Joy 2006
No Score Yet Manhood Alice 2003
64% Anywhere but Here Carol 2000
No Score Yet Flowers for Algernon (Charlie) Rose 2000
37% Sordid Lives Latrelle Williamson 2000
17% Gloria Brenda 1999
No Score Yet Locked in Silence Lydia Cline 1999
85% Bad Manners Nancy 1998
No Score Yet Homecoming Eunice Logan 1996
No Score Yet Shadow of a Doubt Robin Harwell 1995
11% Speechless Nanette 1994
No Score Yet Implicación Judicial Gwen Warwick 1994
29% Needful Things Polly Chalmers 1993
No Score Yet The Fire Next Time Suzanne Morgan 1993
No Score Yet A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story Dr. Elizabeth Morgan 1992
No Score Yet When the Time Comes Actor 1991
No Score Yet Switched at Birth Regina Twigg 1991
No Score Yet Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Hannah McGrath 1990
87% Presumed Innocent Barbara Sabich 1990
68% Die Hard 2 Holly McClane 1990
47% Fat Man and Little Boy Kitty Oppenheimer 1989
No Score Yet The Prince of Pennsylvania Pam Marshetta 1988
93% Die Hard Holly McClane 1988
No Score Yet The Stranger Alice Kildee 1987
67% The Boy Who Could Fly Charlene Michaelson 1986
No Score Yet Alex: The Life of a Child Carole Deford 1986
50% Violets Are Blue... Ruth 1986
No Score Yet Death of an Angel Grace 1986
No Score Yet The Lady from Yesterday Actor 1985
100% Heart like a Wheel Shirley Muldowney 1983
No Score Yet Memorial Day Actor 1983
88% Salem's Lot Actor 1979
100% The Big Fix Suzanne 1978
No Score Yet A Question of Love Actor 1978
No Score Yet Forever Actor 1978
No Score Yet Message to My Daughter Actor 1973
100% Lovers and Other Strangers Susan 1971
81% They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Ruby 1969
No Score Yet The Gypsy Moths Annie Burke 1969

TV

CREDIT
88% Parenthood
2010-2015
Camille Braverman
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Madelline Klein
  • 2008
79% Big Love
2006-2011
Ginger
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1996
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Alice Harper Lorrie Mansfield
  • 1972
  • 1969
No Score Yet Fallen Angels
1993-1995

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