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Bonita Granville

Daughter of Bernard 'Bunny' Granville and Rosina Timponi, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family on 2 Febuary 1923, in New York, New York. 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 and 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. 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. Walt Disney personally convinced the Wrathers to build the Disneyland Hotel when Disney could not raise the money to do so -- his credit was all tied up in building the theme park itself. After the phenomenal success of Disneyland, Disney attempted to buy the hotel; but the Wrathers steadfastly refused to sell. Long after Jack and Bonita Wrather's and Walt Disney's deaths, the Disney Company bought the Wrather Corporation. The Disney Company thus acquired the Disneyland Hotel, the Queen Mary and Spruce Goose attractions in Long Beach, California, the rights to The Lone Ranger (1949) TV series, as well as other properties. Bonita Granville Rather died of cancer on 11 October 1988, in Santa Monica, California. She and Wrather had four children (two from Wrather's first marriage).


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Born:
Feb 2, 1923 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
60
First Appeared:
In the movie Westward Passage 1932-05-27
Latest Project:
Movie The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981-08-20
Known For
Poster of Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
Poster of Those Were The Days!

Bonita Granville Movies Filmography

Movie
The Legend of the Lone Ranger
Woman (uncredited) 1981-08-20
Movie
The Velvet Alley
Mrs. Kirkley 1959-01-22
Movie
The Lone Ranger
Welcome Kilgore 1956-02-25
Series
Climax!
Unknown 1954-10-07
Series
Lassie
Unknown 1954-09-12
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
Guilty of Treason
Stephanie Varna 1950-02-20
Movie
Strike It Rich
Julie Ann Brady 1948-12-01
Series
Studio One
Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie
The Guilty
Estelle Mitchell / Linda Mitchell 1947-03-22
Movie
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
Kay Wilson 1947-01-16
Movie
Suspense
Ronnie 1946-06-15
Movie
The Truth About Murder
Christine Allen 1946-04-01
Movie
Breakfast in Hollywood
Dorothy Larson 1946-02-26
Movie
The Beautiful Cheat
Alice 1945-07-20
Movie
Senorita from the West
Jeannie Blake 1945-10-12
Movie
Youth Runs Wild
'Toddy' Jones 1944-09-01
Movie
Song of the Open Road
Bonnie 1944-06-21
Movie
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Kay Wilson 1944-05-04
Movie
Hitler's Children
Anna Miller 1943-01-06
Movie
Seven Miles from Alcatraz
Anne Porter 1942-11-18
Movie
Now, Voyager
June Vale 1942-10-31
Movie
The Glass Key
Opal 'Snip' Madvig 1942-09-08
Movie
Syncopation
Kit Latimer 1942-05-22
Movie
H.M. Pulham, Esq.
Mary Pulham 1941-12-18
Movie
Down in San Diego
Betty Haines 1941-08-01
Movie
The People Vs. Dr. Kildare
Frances Marlowe 1941-05-02
Movie
Wild Man of Borneo
Francine 'Frankie' Diamond 1941-01-24
Movie
Forty Little Mothers
Doris 1940-04-26
Movie
The Mortal Storm
Elsa 1940-06-14
Movie
Third Finger, Left Hand
Vicky Sherwood 1940-10-11
Movie
Those Were The Days!
Martha Scroggs 1940-07-14
Movie
Gallant Sons
Kate Pendleton 1940-11-15
Movie
Escape
Ursula 1940-11-01
Movie
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Nancy Drew 1939-09-09
Movie
Angels Wash Their Faces
Peggy Finnegan 1939-08-26
Movie
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter
Nancy Drew 1939-06-17
Movie
Nancy Drew... Reporter
Nancy Drew 1939-02-18
Movie
Nancy Drew: Detective
Nancy Drew 1938-11-19
Movie
Hard to Get
Connie Richards 1938-11-05
Movie
My Bill
Gwen Colbrook 1938-07-08
Movie
White Banners
Sally Ward 1938-06-23
Movie
The Beloved Brat
Roberta Morgan 1938-04-30
Movie
Merrily We Live
Marian Kilbourne 1938-03-04
Movie
Breakdowns of 1938
Herself 1938-02-07
Movie
Maid of Salem
Ann 1937-02-12
Movie
It's Love I'm After
Gracie Kane 1937-10-08
Movie
Quality Street
Isabella (uncredited) 1937-03-26
Movie
Call It a Day
Ann Hilton 1937-04-17
Movie
The Plough and the Stars
Mollser Gogan 1936-12-26
Movie
The Garden of Allah
Convent Girl (uncredited) 1936-10-14
Movie
These Three
Mary Tilford 1936-03-18
Movie
Song of the Saddle
Jen as a Child 1936-02-28
Movie
Ah, Wilderness!
Mildred Miller 1935-12-06
Movie
The Life of Vergie Winters
Joan Shadwell as a Child (uncredited) 1934-06-14
Movie
Little Women
Amy's Classmate (uncredited) 1933-11-24
Movie
Cradle Song
Carmen (uncredited) 1933-11-19
Movie
Cavalcade
Young Fanny 1933-02-08
Movie
Silver Dollar
Liddy (uncredited) 1932-12-22
Movie
Westward Passage
Little Olivia Allen (age 9) 1932-05-27