Bonnie Bedelia in The New Land (1974).
|Born||Bonnie Bedelia Culkin
March 25, 1948
New York City, New York, USA
(1995 - present)
|Relatives||Brother: Kit Culkin
Nephews: Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin
Bonnie Bedelia Culkin (born March 25, 1948) is an American actress known for her roles in the action films Die Hard and Die Hard 2, as well as the courtroom drama Presumed Innocent. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe award for Heart Like a Wheel. As of 2010[update], she is starring in the NBC series Parenthood.
Bonnie Bedelia was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Marian Ethel (née Wagner), a writer and editor, and Philip Harley Culkin, a journalist. She was born in a difficult financial period when her father's firm went bankrupt and they lived in "a cold-water tenement flat". She has two brothers one of whom is Kit Culkin and a sister Candice Culkin. She is the aunt of actors Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin. Her mother died when she was 14 and her father, "who had always had ulcers," died shortly after. Before becoming an actress, she studied ballet and appeared in a few productions with the New York City Ballet, including The Nutcracker.
In 1958 Bedelia had her only dancing role onscreen as Clara in the Playhouse 90 television production of the George Balanchine Nutcracker. From 1961 to 1967, Bedelia was a regular on the CBS soap opera, Love of Life, playing the role of Sandy Porter. She also worked on Broadway, making her debut supporting Patty Duke in 1962 in Isle of Children and winning a Theatre World Award in the lead of My Sweet Charlie in 1966. Bedelia made her debut in The Gypsy Moths, and later in 1969 she attracted attention as the pregnant marathon dancer in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. In following years, she starred in the 1970 comedy Lovers and Other Strangers, and had dramatic roles in The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972), and Between Friends (1973). She also appeared opposite Richard Dreyfuss in 1978 comedyThe Big Fix
In 1984 Bedelia received critical acclaim and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her starring role in 1983's Heart Like a Wheel as drag racer Shirley Muldowney. Other well–known performances came as Holly Gennaro McClane, the wife of Bruce Willis's character John McClane in Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990), and as Barbara Sabich, the wife of Harrison Ford's character in Presumed Innocent (1990).
Bedelia appeared in two Stephen King film adaptations: Salem's Lot and Needful Things (1993). She was nominated for Emmy Award for performance in Showtime series Fallen Angels in 1993. On television, she played a leading roles of number of movies and miniseries, such as Switched at Birth, A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story, Her Costly Affair, and Picnic. From 2001 to 2004, Bedelia had lead role as Capt. Kate McCafferty in the Lifetime television drama series Division, TheThe Division. She later guest-starred in Big Love and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and starred oppisite Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John in 2008 sitcom Sordid Lives: The Series.
She married scriptwriter, Ken Luber, on April 24, 1969, and they had a son, Uri, the following year. Divorced from the father of her two children, she remarried in 1995.
|1969||The Gypsy Moths||Annie Burke|
|1969||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?||Ruby|
|1970||Lovers and Other Strangers||Susan Henderson|
|1972||In Pursuit of Treasure|
|1972||The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie||Rosalie|
|1978||The Big Fix||Suzanne|
|1983||Heart Like a Wheel||Shirley Muldowney|
|1986||Death of an Angel||Grace|
|1986||Violets Are Blue||Ruth Squires|
|1986||The Boy Who Could Fly||Charlene|
|1987||Like Father Like Son||Lady with Gum in Hair||Cameo appearance|
|1987||The Stranger||Alice Kildee|
|1988||The Prince of Pennsylvania||Pam Marshetta|
|1988||Die Hard||Holly Gennero McClane|
|1989||Fat Man and Little Boy||Kitty Oppenheimer|
|1990||Die Hard 2||Holly McClane|
|1990||Presumed Innocent||Barbara Sabich|
|1993||Needful Things||Polly Chalmers|
|1994||Judicial Consent||Gwen Warwick|
|1995||Die Hard with a Vengeance||Holly McClane||Voice only|
|1997||Bad Manners||Nancy Westlund|
|1999||Anywhere But Here||Carol|
|2000||Sordid Lives||Latrelle Williamson|
|1958||The Nutcracker||Clara||Playhouse 90|
|1961-1967||Love of Life||Sandy Porter||Series regular|
|1964||East Side/West Side||Linda Stuart||Episode: "The $5.98 Dress"|
|1968||Judd for the Defense||Ellie||Episode: "The Death Farm"|
|1968||The High Chaparral||Tina Granger||Episode: "The Deceivers"|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Temple Brooks||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1969, 1972||Bonanza||Alice Harper / Laurie Mansfield||Episodes: "The Unwanted" and "Forever"|
|1972||Sandcastles||Jenna Hampshire||TV Movie|
|1973||A Time for Love||Kitty||TV Movie|
|1973||Message to My Daughter||Janet Thatcher||TV Movie|
|1974||Heat Wave!||Laura Taylor||TV Movie|
|1974||The New Land||Anna Larsen||Series regular, 6 episodes|
|1978||A Question of Love||Joan Saltzman||TV Movie|
|1979||Walking Through the Fire||Dr. Rand||TV Movie|
|1979||Salem's Lot||Susan Norton||TV miniseries|
|1980||Tourist||Mandy Burke||TV Movie|
|1982||Fighting Back||Aleta||TV Movie|
|1982||Million Dollar Infield||Marcia Miller||TV Movie|
|1983||Memorial Day||Cass||TV Movie|
|1985||The Lady from Yesterday||Janet Weston||TV Movie|
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Carole Deford||TV Movie|
|1987||When the Time Comes||Liddy Travis||TV Movie|
|1990||Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture||Hannah McGrath||TV Movie|
|1991||Switched at Birth||Regina Twigg||TV Movie|
|1992||A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story||Elizabeth Morgan||TV Movie|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Sally Creighton||Episode: "The Quiet Room"|
|1993||The Fire Next Time||Suzanne Morgan||TV Movie|
|1995||Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story||Jill Coit||TV Movie|
|1995||Shadow of a Doubt||Robin Harwell||TV Movie|
|1996||Homecoming||Eunice Logan||TV Movie|
|1996||A Season in Purgatory||Valerie Sabbath||TV miniseries|
|1996||Her Costly Affair||Dr. Diane Weston||TV Movie|
|1997||Any Mother's Son||Dorothy Hajdys||TV Movie|
|1998||To Live Again||Iris Sayer||TV Movie|
|1999||Locked in Silence||Lydia||TV Movie|
|2000||Flowers for Algernon||Rose||TV Movie|
|2000||Picnic||Flo Owens||TV Movie|
|2001-2004||The Division||Capt. Kate McCafferty||Series regular, 88 episodes|
|2007||Big Love||Virginia Ginger Heffman||Episode: "Good Guys and Bad Guys"|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||DDA Madeline Klein||Episode: "Grissom's Divine Comedy"|
|2008||Sordid Lives: The Series||Latrelle Williamson||Series regular, 12 episodes|
|2010–present||Parenthood||Camille Braverman||Series regular
Awards and nominations
|1967||Theatre World Award||Theatre World Award||My Sweet Charlie||Won|
|1984||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Heart Like a Wheel||Nominated|
|1989||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||The Prince of Pennsylvania||Nominated|
|1994||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Fallen Angels||Nominated|
|1997||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Any Mother's Son||Nominated|
|1999||Lone Star Film & Television Awards||Best TV Actress||To Live Again||Won|
|2000||Emmy Award||Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Locked in Silence||Nominated|
|2012||Ojai Film Festival||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|
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