Mona Bruns

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Mona Bruns
Frankie Thomas with Mona Bruns, 1952.jpg
Mona Bruns with Frankie Thomas in 1952
Born(1899-11-26)November 26, 1899
DiedJune 13, 2000(2000-06-13) (aged 100)
Years active1934–1981
Spouse(s)Frank M. Thomas
ChildrenFrank M. Thomas, Jr.

Mona Bruns (November 26, 1899 – June 13, 2000) was an American actress on the stage, films, radio, and television. She appeared in such television series as Dr. Kildare, Little House on the Prairie, Green Acres, Bonanza, among others


Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bruns appeared on Broadway with her husband, Frank M. Thomas.[citation needed] She appeared in the 1934 Broadway play Wednesday's Child as Miss Chapman[1] with her son Frankie Thomas playing a large role as Bobby Phillips.[citation needed]

He recreated this role in the 1934 film Wednesday's Child necessitating their move to Los Angeles in the 1930s, where she and her husband acted in several films also.[citation needed] She played the role of Aunt Emily on The Brighter Day,[2] for eight years. After the show ended, she was asked to create the role of Emily Hastings on NBC's Another World. She appeared on many popular television shows of the 1950s/60s.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mona Bruns wrote an autobiography, By Emily Possessed. She and her husband were the parents of actor Frankie Thomas.[citation needed]


She died in Los Angeles in 2000 at the age of 100, and is interred next to her husband at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood, California. Her husband also lived to be 100, dying in 1989.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  • A.J. Marik (October 18, 2006). "Thomas-Burns Gravesite Image". Find A Grave. Retrieved March 6, 2016.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Mona Bruns". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on June 30, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Holbrook, Hal (2011). Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 448. ISBN 978-1-4299-6901-7. Retrieved June 30, 2020.