Bonita Granville

Active - 1932 - 1979  |   Born - Feb 2, 1923 in New York, New York, United States  |   Died - Oct 11, 1988 in California  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Romance, Mystery

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Born into a show-biz family, Bonita Granville first appeared onstage at the age of 3 and began making films at 9. As a child actress she was frequently cast as a mean, spiteful, naughty little girl; examples include These Three (1936), in which she played a mischievous girl spreading malicious lies about her teachers (and for which, at the age of 13, she received a "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar nomination), and Maid of Salem (1937), in which she lead a hysterical group of village girls as accusers in the Salem Witch Trials. As a teen she also played "nicer" girls, as in the title role in the series of four detective-reporter Nancy Drew movies, as well as a blond, blue-eyed Aryan Nazi "ideal youth" in the huge hit Hitler's Children (1943). She later gained standard leading lady roles before retiring from the screen in the '50s. Bonita Granville married a millionaire in 1947 and subsequently became a businesswoman as well as the producer of the TV series Lassie.

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  • Born in a family of artists, her parents were actors, her grandmother was a ballerina and her grandfather was an opera conductor.Along with her husband, Jack Wrather, owned and operated the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California, until it was acquired by the Disney Corporation in 1988.After her husband's passing, took over as chairman of the board at the Wrather Corporation.From 1986 to 1988, served as chair of the American Film Institute.Founder-member of the Los Angeles Music Center, former president of the Los Angeles Orphanage Guild and a member of The Amazing Blue Ribbon.