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Thelma Ritter (1902–1969)

Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted... See full bio »


(age 66) in New York, USA

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Rear Window
Rear Window Stella
All About Eve
All About Eve Birdie Coonan
Birdman of Alcatraz
Birdman of Alcatraz Elizabeth Stroud
Pillow Talk


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 1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
Mrs. Schwartz
 1967 The Incident
Bertha Beckerman
 1965 Boeing, Boeing
 1963 A New Kind of Love
 1963 For Love or Money
Chloe Brasher
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Madame Delphine Sagittarius
- The Madame Sagittarius Story (1962) ... Madame Delphine Sagittarius
 1961 The Second Time Around
Aggie Gates
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Bertha Marie Beecher
- Journey from Hannibal (1961) ... Bertha Marie Beecher
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Mrs. Gillis
- The Man (1960) ... Mrs. Gillis
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Doris Green
- Sarah's Laughter (1960) ... Doris Green
 1959 Pillow Talk
 1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Mary Devlin
- Plot to Save a Boy (1957) ... Mary Devlin
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Ma Garfield
- The Human Pattern (1957) ... Ma Garfield
 1956 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1956 The Proud and Profane
Kate Connors
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Lottie Slocum
- The Baby Sitter (1956) ... Lottie Slocum
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
- Christopher Bean (1955) ... Abby
 1955 Lucy Gallant
Molly Basserman
 1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Ghost Writer (1955) ... Muriel
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Catered Affair (1955) ... Mother
 1955 Daddy Long Legs
Alicia Pritchard
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Mrs. Fisher
- The Show-Off (1955) ... Mrs. Fisher
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Lux Vieo Theatre Guest
- Christmas in July (1954) ... Lux Vieo Theatre Guest
 1953 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Lucy Cashdollar
 1952 With a Song in My Heart
 1951 As Young as You Feel
Della Hodges
 1950 I'll Get By
Miss Murphy
 1950 Perfect Strangers
Lena Fassler
 1949 Father Was a Fullback
 1949 A Letter to Three Wives
Sadie Dugan (uncredited)
 1948 Call Northside 777
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Other Works:

She acted in Sidney Howard's play, "The Late Christopher Bean," at the Ivanhoe Theater in Chicago, Illinois. See more »


5' 1" (1.55 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on being nominated for Best Supporting Actress four times in a row] Now I know what it feels like to be the bridesmaid and never the bride.


Actress Rhea Perlman modeled her character of Thelma Katz on the TV show Kirstie (2013) after Ritter. See more »

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