65 (passed away Oct. 11th, 1988)
Feb. 2nd, 1923
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Bonita Granville's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1981 - The Legend of the Lone Ranger
1947 - The Guilty
1946 - Suspense
1946 - Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
1942 - Now, Voyager
1942 - The Glass Key
1940 - The Mortal Storm
1939 - Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
1934 - Anne of Green Gables
1933 - Little Women
Guest TV Roles
Daughter of 'Bernard 'Bunny Granville, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family. 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 (I) in a few Andy Hardy movies. She never really had a movie breakthrough, and after marrying oil millionaire & 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.
- Daughter of 'Bernard 'Bunny' Granville' (qv).
- Long married to oil millionaire / producer 'Jack Wrather' (qv) who produced a few of her young adult films, including _The Guilty (1947)_ (qv), _Strike It Rich (1948)_ (qv), _Guilty of Treason (1950)_ (qv) and _The Lone Ranger (1956)_ (qv). Together they went on to produce the _"Lassie" (1954)_ (qv) TV series. They had four children: daughters Molly and Linda, and sons Jack and Christopher.
- Through a special agreement with 'Walt Disney' (qv), she and her husband, 'Jack Wrather' (qv) were able to use the Disneyland name on the hotel they built across the street from the theme park in Anaheim, California.
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