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BONITA GRANVILLE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Bonita Granville was born on February 02, 1923 in New York City.  The daughter of Ziegfeld Follies headliner Bernard “Bunny” Granville, she seemed to be born with show business in her blood and a true talent for acting, and made her first stage appearance at the age of three.

Ms. Granville’s first movie was “Westward Passage” in 1932, when she was nine years old, and she went on to have roles in “Silver Dollar” (1932) and in the Academy Award winning “Cavalcade” in 1933.

During her early career she worked for several film studios including RKO Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, appearing in films such as “Anne of Green Gables” in 1934, and “Ah, Wilderness!” in 1935.

Her fame was enhanced in 1936 when she appeared in “These Three” for United Artists (starring Joel McCrea, Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins).  Based on Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour”, Bonita’s role was that of a malicious child trying to interfere in the lives of two schoolteachers and the man they both love.  She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role.

Following her appearance in “These Three” she was often typecast as a troublemaking little girl, and repeated the role in movies like “Maid of Salem” in 1937, and “My Bill” and “Beloved Brat” in 1938.

In 1939 Warner Brothers released “Nancy Drew, Detective”, starring their resident child star, Bonita Granville.  She would go on to portray Nancy Drew in all four of Warner Brothers movies: “Nancy Drew, Reporter” “Nancy Drew, Troubleshooter”, and “Nance Drew and the Hidden Treasure”, all released in 1939.

Continuing in supporting roles, Granville moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1940, and appeared in “The Mortal storm” with Jimmy Stewart and “Escape” with Norma Shearer.  She also had roles in Alan Ladd’s “The Glass Key” at Paramount and “Now, Voyager” with Bette Davis at Warner Brothers.  In 1943 she starred in RKO’s “Hitler’s Children”, an anti-Nazi propaganda film which was their most successful picture up to that time.

Although never achieving super-stardom as some actors did, Bonita Granville did manage to make the transition from child to adult movie star gracefully, and continued in supporting roles in movies like 1944’s “Song of the Open Road” with Jane Powell, and in “Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble” (1944) and “Love Laughs at Andy Hardy” (1946), starring Mickey Rooney.

In 1948 Bonita Granville married John “Jack” Wrather, Jr., and gave up her career as an actress to assist him in his business empire, which included the Muzak Corporation (elevator music), the dry-docked Queen Mary attraction in Long Beach, California, and the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

She did, however, return to the big screen for a few more roles, notably in “The Lone Ranger-Outlaw’s Trail” in 1954, and “The Lone Ranger” in 1956.  Her final screen appearance was a cameo in “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” in 1981.

Remaining involved in show business, Bonita Granville was the producer of the “Lassie” television series from 1950 to 1972, which was owned by Wrather, along with “The Lone Ranger” television series, and in 1978 she was co-producer of “The Magic of Lassie”, a film starring James Stewart and Alice Faye.  She also served as the fifth Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute (AFI) in 1986.

Bonita Granville died on October 11, 1988 at the age of 65 in Santa Monica, California.


FILMOGRAPHY:

1932               Silver Dollar

1932               Westward Passage

1933               Cavalcade

1933               Cradle Song

1934               Anne of Green Gables

1934               The Life of Vergie Winters

1935               Ah, Wilderness!

1936               Song of the Saddle

1936               The Garden of Allah

1936               The Plough and the Stars

1936               These Three

1937               Call It a Day

1937               It's Love I'm After

1937               Maid of Salem

1937               Quality Street

1938               Beloved Brat

1938               Hard to Get

1938               Merrily We Live

1938               My Bill

1938               Nancy Drew – Detective

1938               White Banners

1939               Land of Liberty

1939               Nancy Drew - Trouble Shooter

1939               Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

1939               Nancy Drew, Reporter

1939               The Angels Wash Their Faces

1940               Escape

1940               Forty Little Mothers

1940               Gallant Sons

1940               The Mortal Storm

1940               Third Finger, Left Hand

1940               Those Were the Days

1941               Down in San Diego

1941               H.M. Pulham, Esq.

1941               The People vs. Dr. Kildare

1941               The Wild Man of Borneo

1942               Andy Hardy's Double Life

1942               Now, Voyager

1942               Syncopation

1942               The Glass Key

1943               Hitler's Children

1943               Seven Miles from Alcatraz

1944               Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble

1944               Song of the Open Road

1944               Youth Runs Wild

1945               Senorita from the West

1946               Breakfast in Hollywood

1946               Love Laughs at Andy Hardy

1946               Suspense

1946               The Beautiful Cheat

1946               The Truth About Murder

1947               The Guilty

1948               Strike It Rich

1950               Guilty of Treason

1954               The Lone Ranger: Outlaw's Trail

1955               Fifth Wheel

1956               The Lone Ranger

1967               Handford's Point

1978               The Magic of Lassie (producer)

1981               The Legend of the Lone Ranger
 





Matinee Classics - Love Laughs at Andy Hardy starring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden, Bonita Granville, Hal Hackett, Dick Simmons, Geraldine Wall and Addison Richards
Matinee Classics - Love Laughs at Andy Hardy starring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden, Bonita Granville, Hal Hackett, Dick Simmons, Geraldine Wall and Addison Richards
Matinee Classics - Bonita Granville, movie actor and television producer
Matinee Classics - Nancy Drew, Reporter starring Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frank Thomas Jr., Dickie Jones, Mary Lee, Larry Williams and Betty Amann
Matinee Classics - Nancy Drew, Reporter starring Bonita Granville, John Litel, Frank Thomas Jr., Dickie Jones, Mary Lee, Larry Williams and Betty Amann


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