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Bonita Granville Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (cancer)
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Daughter of Bernard Granville, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family. It's not surprising that she herself became a child actor, first on the stage and, at the age of 9, debuting in movies in Westward Passage (1932). She was regularly cast as a naughty little girl, as in These Three (1936) where she played Mary, an obnoxious girl spreading lies about her teachers. Her performance left an impression on the audience, and she was nominated for a best supporting actress award. In 1938-39 came the movies she is now best remembered for -- playing the bright and feisty detective/reporter Nancy Drew in the Nancy Drew series. She also appeared with Mickey Rooney in a few Andy Hardy movies. She never really had a movie breakthrough, and after marrying oil millionaire & later producer Jack Wrather, she retired from acting in the middle of the 1950s, although she went on to produce the Lassie (1954) TV series.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mattias Thuresson

After her marriage to oil millionaire Jack Wrather in 1947, she appeared in only three more movies. She became an executive in the Wrather Corp., and first associate producer, then executive producer of the Lassie (1954)TV series. After Wrather's death in 1984, she took over as chairman of the board. She was also involved in many civic, and cultural groups, and she was chair of American Film Institute, trustee of John F. Kennedy Center, as well as other well known organizations and charities. She died of cancer in Santa Monica in 1988. She & Wrather had four children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kenn honeyman

Spouse (1)

Jack Wrather (5 February 1947 - 12 November 1984) (his death) (4 children)

Trivia (3)

Long married to oil millionaire / producer Jack Wrather who produced a few of her young adult films, including The Guilty (1947), Strike It Rich (1948), Guilty of Treason (1950) and The Lone Ranger (1956). Together they went on to produce the Lassie (1954) TV series. They had two children: daughter Linda Wrather and son Christopher Wrather.
Daughter of Bernard Granville and Rosina Timponi.
Through a special agreement with Walt Disney, she and her husband, Jack Wrather were able to use the Disneyland name on the hotel they built across the street from the theme park in Anaheim, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

[observation, 1972] I don't go to the movies. They're indecent. They appeal to the baser tendencies, to temptations. Young people aren't able to cope with them, all this sex starting too early. It's thrown at them under the guise of art. But it's really immoral, amoral stuff , made just for the money. More than that, it's done something to our generation. It's destroyed romance and imagination that goes along with sex. And that's pretty important because, otherwise, sex becomes mechanical. Don't get me wrong. I'm a great believer in sex. But that's not the way to go about it.

Salary (1)

Call It a Day (1937) $500 /week

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