Mona Bruns

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Mona Bruns
Born (1899-11-26)November 26, 1899
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died June 13, 2000(2000-06-13) (aged 100)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1934–1981
Spouse(s) Frank M. Thomas
Children Frank M. Thomas, Jr. (actor)

Mona "Bruns" Thomas (November 26, 1899 – June 13, 2000) was an American actress on the stage, films, radio, and television. Best known for her television roles Dr. Kildare, Little House on the Prairie, Green Acres and Bonanza

Biography[edit]

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

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. She played the role of Aunt Emily on The Brighter Day, 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.[1]

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Mona Bruns wrote an autobiography, By Emily Possessed.

She and her husband were the parents of actor Frankie Thomas.[1]

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.[1]

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