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Biography

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 14 February 1902Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 5 February 1969New York, USA  (heart attack)

Mini Bio (1)

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 her role be expanded. During the period 1951 to 1963 Ms. Ritter was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. She is one of the most nominated actors who never won the statue. Shortly after a 1968 performance on The Jerry Lewis Show (1967), Ms. Ritter suffered a heart attack which proved fatal.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Craig W. Spitzberg

Spouse (1)

Joseph Moran (21 April 1927 - 5 February 1969) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (6)

Won Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "New Girl in Town" in a tie with her co-star, Gwen Verdon .
Mother of actress Monica Moran, they appeared together in a 1966 road show production of "Bye Bye Birdie" that also starred Tab Hunter.
In Italy, throughout her career, she was dubbed by different actresses: Rina Morelli (e.g. Pickup on South Street (1953)) , Tina Lattanzi (e.g. Daddy Long Legs (1955)) , Wanda Tettoni (e.g. Pillow Talk (1959)) , Lia Orlandini (e.g. How the West Was Won (1962)) and Franca Dominici (e.g. Rear Window (1954)) . The talented Maria Saccenti lent her voice to Ritter only once: in All About Eve (1950).
Her first Oscar nomination for All About Eve (1950) marks her first of 4 consecutive nominations, a feat she shares with Jennifer Jones (1943-1946), Marlon Brando (1951-1954), Elizabeth Taylor (1957-1960) and Al Pacino (1972-1975). Greer Garson has five consecutive nominations (1942-1946).
She and Deborah Kerr have the curious distinction of being Oscar-nominated 6 times each in competitive categories - without ever winning the coveted statuette. Her 6 nominations were for supporting roles, whereas Kerr's 6 nominations were for leading roles.
Actress Rhea Perlman modeled her character of Thelma Katz on the TV show Kirstie (2013) after Ritter.

Personal Quotes (1)

[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.

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