Contents 1 Life and career 2 Television 3 Personal life and death 4 Partial filmography 5 Radio appearances 6 See also 7 References 8 External links


Life and career[edit] Bondi was born Beulah Bondy in Valparaiso, Indiana, the daughter of Eva Suzanna (née Marble), an author, and Abraham O. Bondy, who worked in real estate.[3][4][5] Bondi began her acting career on the stage at age seven, playing Cedric Errol in a production of Little Lord Fauntleroy at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana. She graduated from the Frances Shimer Academy (later Shimer College) in 1907,[6] and gained her bachelor's and master's degrees in oratory at Valparaiso University in 1916 and 1918. She made her Broadway debut in Kenneth S. Webb's One of the Family at the 49th Street Theatre on December 21, 1925. She next appeared in another hit, Maxwell Anderson's Saturday's Children, in 1926. It was Bondi's performance in Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning Street Scene, which opened at the Playhouse Theatre on January 10, 1929, that brought Bondi to the movies at the age of 43. Her debut movie role was as "Emma Jones" in Street Scene (1931), which starred Sylvia Sidney, and in which Bondi reprised her stage role, followed by "Mrs. Davidson" in Rain (1932), which starred Joan Crawford and Walter Huston. She was one of the first five women to be nominated for an Academy Award in the newly created category of "Best Supporting Actress" for her work in The Gorgeous Hussy, although she lost the award to Gale Sondergaard. Two years later she was nominated again for Of Human Hearts and lost again, but her reputation as a character actress kept her employed. She would most often be seen in the role of the mother of the star of the film for the rest of her career, with the exception of Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) as the abandoned Depression-era 'Ma' Cooper. She often played mature roles in her early film career even though she was only in her early 40s. In 1940 Bondi played Mrs. Webb in Our Town. For her contributions to the film industry, Bondi received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. The star is located at 1718 Vine Street.[7]


Television[edit] Bondi's television credits include Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Howard Richardson's Ark of Safety on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. She appeared with Jan Clayton in "The Prairie Story" on NBC's Wagon Train. (This theme is also examined in the novel The Wind by Dorothy Scarborough; the episode aired on February 1, 1961, three months after the death of Ward Bond.).[8] She made a guest appearance on Perry Mason in 1963 when she played the role of Sophia Stone in "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew." Bondi made her final appearances as Martha Corinne Walton on The Waltons in the episodes "The Conflict" (September 1974) and "The Pony Cart" (December 1976). She received an Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for her performance in "The Pony Cart" (December 1976), her final career screen performance. When her name was called, it first appeared that she was not present, but she received a standing ovation as she walked slowly to the podium, from which she thanked the audience for honoring her while she was still living.


Personal life and death[edit] Despite the fact that she was known for playing mother figures, Bondi never married in real life. She died from pulmonary complications caused by broken ribs suffered when she tripped over her cat in her home on January 11, 1981, at age 91.


Partial filmography[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1931 Street Scene Emma Jones Arrowsmith Mrs. Tozer Uncredited 1932 Rain Mrs. Davidson 1933 The Stranger's Return Beatrice Storr Christopher Bean Mrs. Hannah Haggett 1934 Two Alone Mrs. Slag Registered Nurse Miss McKenna Finishing School Her Teacher / Miss Van Alstyne The Painted Veil Frau Koerber scenes deleted Ready for Love Mrs. Burke 1935 The Good Fairy Dr. Schultz Bad Boy Mrs. Larkin 1936 The Invisible Ray Lady Arabella Stevens The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Melissa Tolliver The Moon's Our Home Mrs. Boyce Medford The Case Against Mrs. Ames Mrs. Livingston Ames Hearts Divided Madame Letizia The Gorgeous Hussy Rachel Jackson 1937 Maid of Salem Abigail - His Wife Make Way for Tomorrow Lucy Cooper 1938 The Buccaneer Aunt Charlotte Of Human Hearts Mary Wilkins Vivacious Lady Martha Morgan The Sisters Rose Elliott 1939 On Borrowed Time Nellie - Granny The Under-Pup Miss Thornton Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Ma Smith 1940 Remember the Night Mrs. Sargent Our Town Mrs. Webb The Captain Is a Lady Angie Peabody 1941 Penny Serenade Miss Oliver The Shepherd of the Hills Aunt Mollie Matthews One Foot in Heaven Mrs. Lydia Sandow 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais Mme. Bonnard Watch on the Rhine Anise 1944 She's a Soldier Too Agatha Kittredge I Love a Soldier Etta Lane Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Miss Horn The Very Thought of You Mrs. Harriet Wheeler And Now Tomorrow Aunt Em 1945 Back to Bataan Bertha Barnes The Southerner Granny Tucker 1946 Breakfast in Hollywood Mrs. Annie Reed Sister Kenny Mary Kenny It's a Wonderful Life Ma Bailey 1947 High Conquest Clara Kingsley 1948 The Sainted Sisters Hester Rivercomb The Snake Pit Mrs. Greer So Dear to My Heart Granny Kincaid 1949 The Life of Riley Miss Martha Bogle Mr. Soft Touch Mrs. Clara Hangale Reign of Terror Grandma Blanchard 1950 The Baron of Arizona Loma The Furies Mrs. Anaheim 1952 Lone Star Minniver Bryan 1953 Latin Lovers Analyst 1954 Track of the Cat Ma Bridges 1956 Back from Eternity Martha Spangler 1957 The Unholy Wife Emma Hochen 1959 The Big Fisherman Hannah A Summer Place Mrs. Emily Hamilton Hamble 1961 Tammy Tell Me True Mrs. Annie Call 1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm The Gypsy ('The Dancing Princess') 1963 Tammy and the Doctor Mrs. Annie Call


Radio appearances[edit] Year Program Episode/source 1952 Stars in the Air "On Borrowed Time"[9]


See also[edit] List of actors with Academy Award nominations


References[edit] ^ According to the State of California. California Death Index, 1940–1997. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com ^ Obituary Variety, January 21, 1981. ^ Nissen, A. (2007). Actresses of a Certain Character: Forty Familiar Hollywood Faces from the Thirties to the Fifties. Mcfarland & Company. p. 43. ISBN 9780786427468. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Thompson, D.E. (1981). Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Wabash College. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ "Explore Historical Newspaper Archives Online | NewspaperARCHIVE.com". newspaperarchive.com. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Shimer College (March 1976). "Beulah Bondi Stars at Shimer Film Tribute". Shimer College Bulletin. p. 8.  ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Beulah Bondi". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved November 29, 2017.  ^ "The Prairie Story". imdb.com. Retrieved July 26, 2012.  ^ Kirby, Walter (April 6, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 52. Retrieved May 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 


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