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Beulah Bondi (1889–1981)

Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiences and is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remain so 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 ... See full bio »

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 1976 Lincoln (TV Mini-Series)
Sara Bush
 1974 Dirty Sally (TV Series)
Louisa Badger
- Too Long to Wait (1974) ... Louisa Badger
 1972 She Waits (TV Movie)
Mrs. Medina
 1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show (TV Series)
Mother Howard
- The Identity Crisis (1971) ... Mother Howard
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Sophia Stone
- The Case of the Nebulous Nephew (1963) ... Sophia Stone
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Mrs. Murrow
- The Hands of Danofrio (1962) ... Mrs. Murrow
 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm
The Gypsy ('The Dancing Princess')
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
Agnes Brack
- Burning for Burning (1961) ... Agnes Brack
 1961 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Miss Newton
- Antidote for Hatred (1961) ... Miss Newton
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Grandma Bates
- The Prairie Story (1961) ... Grandma Bates
 1960 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
Tilly Cortland
- Non Compos Mentis (1960) ... Tilly Cortland
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Morning's at Seven (1960) ... Mother
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mrs. Hulie
- Tomorrow (1960) ... Mrs. Hulie
 1959 A Summer Place
Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble
 1959 The Big Fisherman
 1956-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Countess / Mrs. Jordan / Aunt Caroline
- Hurricane Diane (1957) ... Countess
- Circle of Destruction (1957) ... Mrs. Jordan
- The Secret of River Lane (1956) ... Aunt Caroline
 1957 On Borrowed Time (TV Movie)
'Granny' Northrup
 1957 The Unholy Wife
Emma Hochen
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Ma Anderson
- Black Is for Grief (1957) ... Ma Anderson
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The Town with a Past (1957) ... Annie
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Ark of Safety (1956)
 1956 Back from Eternity
Martha Spangler
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Mrs. Fitzpatrick
- Finley's Fan Club (1956) ... Mrs. Fitzpatrick
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Sutton
- Our Cook's a Treasure (1955) ... Mrs. Sutton
 1954 Track of the Cat
Ma Bridges
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- Gran'ma Rebel (1953)
 1953 Latin Lovers
 1952 The Doctor (TV Series)
- The Guest (1952)
 1952 Lone Star
Minniver Bryan
 1950 The Furies
Mrs. Anaheim
 1950 The Baron of Arizona
 1949 Reign of Terror
Grandma Blanchard
 1949 Mr. Soft Touch
Mrs. Hangale
 1949 The Life of Riley
Miss Martha Bogle
 1948 So Dear to My Heart
Granny Kincaid
 1948 The Snake Pit
Mrs. Greer
 1948 The Sainted Sisters
Hester Rivercomb
 1947 High Conquest
Clara Kingsley
 1946 Sister Kenny
Mary Kenny
 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood
Mrs. Annie Reed
 1945 The Southerner
Granny Tucker
 1944 And Now Tomorrow
Aunt Em
 1944 The Very Thought of You
Mrs. Harriet Wheeler
 1944 I Love a Soldier
Etta Lane
 1944 She's a Soldier Too
Agatha Kittredge
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
Mme. Bonnard
 1941 One Foot in Heaven
Mrs. Lydia Sandow
 1940 Remember the Night
Mrs. Sargent
 1939 The Under-Pup
Miss Thornton
 1939 On Borrowed Time
Nellie - Granny
 1938 The Sisters
Rose Elliott
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Mrs. Morgan
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Mary Wilkins
 1937 Maid of Salem
Abigail - His Wife
 1936 The Gorgeous Hussy
Rachel Jackson
 1936 Hearts Divided
Madame Letizia
 1936 The Case Against Mrs. Ames
Mrs. Livingston Ames
 1936 The Moon's Our Home
Mrs. Boyce Medford
 1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
Melissa Tolliver
 1936 The Invisible Ray
Lady Arabella Stevens
 1935 Bad Boy
Mrs. Larkin
 1934 Ready for Love
Mrs. Burke
 1934 The Painted Veil
Frau Koerber (scenes deleted)
 1934 Finishing School
Miss Van Alstyne
 1934 Registered Nurse
Miss McKenna
 1934 Two Alone
Mrs. Slag
 1933 Christopher Bean
Mrs. Hannah Haggett
 1933 The Stranger's Return
Beatrice Storr
 1931 Arrowsmith
Mrs. Tozer (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Cock Robin. Comedy/drama. Written by Philip Barry and Elmer Rice. Directed by Guthrie McClintic. 48th Street Theatre: 12 Jan 1928- Apr 1928 (closing date unknown/100 performances). Cast: Beulah Bondi (as "Maria Scott"), Edward Ellis (as "George McAuliffe"), Howard Freeman (as "Clarke Torrance"), Beatrice Herford (as "Alice ... See more »

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I'm very cooperative, and if you'll just tell me exactly what you want, I'll always try to do it. See more »


Biography in "Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties" by Axel Nissen. See more »


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