Beulah Bondi

as Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble in the movie A Summer Place

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Real name is Bondy, Beulah
Was born at 3 May 1889 in Chicago, Illinois, USA . Died at 11 January 1981, Woodland Hills, California, USA (pulmonary complications due to broken ribs she suffered in a fall)

Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiencesand is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remainso enjoyable, as she was an integral part of many of the ensemble casts(a hallmark of the studio system) of major and/or great films,including The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936) , Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) , Our Town (1940) and Penny Serenade (1941) . Highly respected as a first-tiercharacter actress, Bondi won two Best Supporting Actress Oscarnominations, for The Gorgeous Hussy (1936) and Of Human Hearts (1938) , and an Emmy Award in 1976 for her turnin the television program "The Waltons" (1971) . She was born Beulah Bondy on May 3, 1888, in Chicago, and establishedherself as a stage actress in the first phase of her career.

She madeher Broadway debut in 'Kenneth S. Webb' 's "One of the Family" atthe 49th Street Theatre on December 21, 1925. The show was a modesthit, racking up 238 performances. She next appeared in another hit,'Maxwell Anderson (I)' 's "Saturday's Children," which ran for 326performances, before appearing in her first flop,'Clemence Dane' 's "Mariners" in 1927. 'Philip Barry (I)' 'sand 'Elmer Rice (I)' 's "Cock Robin" was an extremely modest hit in1928, reaching the century mark (100 performances), but it was Bondi'sperformance in Rice's "Street Scene," which opened at the PlayhouseTheatre on Jamuary 10, 1929, that made her career.

This famous play wonRice the 1929 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was a big hit, playing for601 performances. Most importantly, though, it brought Bondi to themovies at the advanced age of 43. She made her motion picture debut in1931 in the movie adaptation ( Street Scene (1931) ), recreatingthe role she had originated on the Broadway stage. The talkies werestill new, and she had the talent and the voice to thrive in Hollywood. Bondi appeared in four more Broadway plays from 1931 to 1934, only oneof which, "The Late Christopher Bean", a comedy by'Sidney Howard (I)' , was a hit.

Her last appearance on Broadwayfor a generation was in a flop staged by 'Melvyn Douglas' , "MotherLode" (she made two more appearances on the Great White Way, in "HildaCrane" (1950) and "On Borrowed Time" in 1953; neither was a success). For the rest of her professional life, her career lay primarily in filmand television. She was typecast as mothers and, later, grandmothers, and played'James Stewart (I)' 's mother four times, most famously as "MaBailey" in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) . Her greatest role isconsidered her turn in 'Leo McCarey' 's Depression-era melodrama Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) , in which she played a motherabandoned by her children. Beulah Bondi died on January 1, 1981, from complications from anaccident, when she broke her ribs after falling over her cat.

She was92 years old. .

There is some small facts about Beulah Bondi:
  • Died in her California home of injuries she sustained after tripping over her cat.
  • Portrayed 'James Stewart (I)' 's mother in four films: It's a Wonderful Life (1946) , Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) , Of Human Hearts (1938) and Vivacious Lady (1938) , as well as on an episode of his television series, "The Jimmy Stewart Show" (1971) .
  • Made her stage debut at age 9, in the title role of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana.
  • Always said her greatest regret was being passed over for the role of Ma Joad in 'John Ford (I)' 's The Grapes of Wrath (1940) . She was also bitterly disappointed when after replacing an ailing May Robson in Selznick's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was herself replaced by Robson when she recovered from her illness more quickly than anticipated.
  • Beulah changed the spelling of her last name from Bondy to Bondi so the letters would all fit on one line for top billing on movie marquees. The "y" in Bondy was problematic since it would fall below the other letters and cause spacing issues. It was reported that the name change was due to A. O. Bondy's (her father) ill feelings towards Beulah's acting career. Quite the contrary. A. O. Bondy was manager of the Memorial Opera House at the time Beulah got her big break as Little Lord Fauntleroy.
  • Though she often played loving mothers and wives, she never married nor had children.
  • Beulah Bondi was born Beulah Bondy to Adolph O. Bondy and Eva M. Marble in Chicago, IL.
  • Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen.
  • The New Year song "Auld Lang Syne" is featured prominently in two of her films, "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Remember the Night".
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There is the list of movies, where Beulah Bondi was taked part:
1 A Summer Place movie A Summer Place 1959 as Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble
2 Breakfast in Hollywood movie Breakfast in Hollywood 1946 as Mrs. Annie Reed
3 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay movie Our Hearts Were Young and Gay 1944 as Miss Horn
4 The Invisible Ray movie The Invisible Ray 1936 as Lady Arabella Stevens
5 The Waltons movie The Waltons 1971 as Aunt Martha Corinne Walton
6 And Now Tomorrow movie And Now Tomorrow 1944 as Aunt Em
7 Arrowsmith movie Arrowsmith 1931 as Mrs. Tozer
8 Back from Eternity movie Back from Eternity 1956 as Martha Spangler
9 Back to Bataan movie Back to Bataan 1945 as Bertha Barnes
10 Bad Boy movie Bad Boy 1935 as Mrs. Larkin
11 Christopher Bean movie Christopher Bean 1933 as Mrs. Hannah Haggett
12 Finishing School movie Finishing School 1934 as Miss Van Alstyne
13 Hearts Divided movie Hearts Divided 1936 as Madame Letizia
14 High Conquest movie High Conquest 1947 as Clara Kingsley
15 I Love a Soldier movie I Love a Soldier 1944 as Etta Lane
16 Its a Wonderful Life movie Its a Wonderful Life 1946 as Mrs. Bailey
17 Latin Lovers movie Latin Lovers 1953 as Analyst
18 Lone Star movie Lone Star 1952 as Minniver Bryan
19 Maid of Salem movie Maid of Salem 1937 as Abigail - His Wife
20 Make Way for Tomorrow movie Make Way for Tomorrow 1937 as Lucy Cooper
21 Meet the Stars #1: Chinese Garden Festival movie Meet the Stars #1: Chinese Garden Festival 1940 as Herself
22 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 as Ma Smith
23 Mr. Soft Touch movie Mr. Soft Touch 1949 as Mrs. Hangale
24 Of Human Hearts movie Of Human Hearts 1938 as Mary Wilkins
25 On Borrowed Time movie On Borrowed Time 1939 as Nellie - Granny
26 On Borrowed Time movie On Borrowed Time 1957 as 'Granny' Northrup
27 One Foot in Heaven movie One Foot in Heaven 1941 as Mrs. Lydia Sandow
28 Our Town movie Our Town 1940 as Mrs. Webb
29 Penny Serenade movie Penny Serenade 1941 as Miss Oliver
30 Rain movie Rain 1932 as Mrs. Davidson
31 Ready for Love movie Ready for Love 1934 as Mrs. Burke
32 Registered Nurse movie Registered Nurse 1934 as Miss McKenna
33 Reign of Terror movie Reign of Terror 1949 as Grandma Blanchard
34 Remember the Night movie Remember the Night 1940 as Mrs. Sargent
35 She Waits movie She Waits 1972 as Mrs. Medina
36 Shes a Soldier Too movie Shes a Soldier Too 1944 as Agatha Kittredge
37 Sister Kenny movie Sister Kenny 1946 as Mary Kenny
38 So Dear to My Heart movie So Dear to My Heart 1948 as Granny Kincaid
39 Street Scene movie Street Scene 1931 as Emma Jones
40 Tammy and the Doctor movie Tammy and the Doctor 1963 as Annie Call
There is the list of some articles of Beulah Bondi:
  • "Focus on Film" (UK), April 1980, Iss. No 35, pg. 13, by: Anthony Slide, "Beulah Bondi Old Before Her Time"
The image of Bondy, Beulah was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Fashion Institute of Disign" (USA), 17.April 1993, Vol. 1, Iss. 1
There is the list of some quotes of Beulah Bondi:
  • I'm very cooperative, and if you'll just tell me exactly what you want, I'll always try to do it.
  • What distinguishes the real actor from the pseudo is the passionate desire to know what is going on in the hearts and minds of people.
  • [on her goal in life] Ideals were set and wishes made, but training and work were intensive - which resulted in opportunities presenting themselves at seemingly the right moment. Wishes, with work, do come true!
  • [on her favorite role] It has always been the one I was playing at the moment that I liked best.
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