Bonnie Bedelia

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Bonnie Bedelia
Bonnie Bedelia 1974.JPG
Bonnie Bedelia in The New Land (1974).
BornBonnie Bedelia Culkin
(1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 66)
New York City, New York, USA
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Ken Luber
Michael MacRae
(1995 - present)
  • Marian Ethel Wagner
  • Philip Harley Culkin
RelativesBrother: Kit Culkin
Nephews: Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin
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Bonnie Bedelia
Bonnie Bedelia 1974.JPG
Bonnie Bedelia in The New Land (1974).
BornBonnie Bedelia Culkin
(1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 66)
New York City, New York, USA
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Ken Luber
Michael MacRae
(1995 - present)
  • Marian Ethel Wagner
  • Philip Harley Culkin
RelativesBrother: 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.[1] As of 2010, she is starring in the NBC series Parenthood.

Early life[edit]

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".[citation needed] She has two brothers, one of whom is actor Kit Culkin, and a sister, Candice Culkin. She is the aunt of actors Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin.[2][3] Her mother died when she was 14 and her father, "who had always had ulcers," died shortly after.[2] Before becoming an actress, she studied ballet and appeared in a few productions with the New York City Ballet, including The Nutcracker.


Bedelia in the 1973 made for TV film Message to My Daughter

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[2] and winning a Theatre World Award in the lead of My Sweet Charlie in 1966.[4] 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?.[1] 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.[3][5] 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).[1][6]

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.[6] 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.[6] 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.[7]

As of 2010 she began starring in the NBC drama series, Parenthood, playing the role of the family matriarch, Camille Braverman.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She married scriptwriter, Ken Luber, on April 24, 1969, and they had a son, Uri, and a daughter named Elizabeth. The following year they divorced. She got remarried in 1995.



1969The Gypsy MothsAnnie Burke
1969They Shoot Horses, Don't They?Ruby
1970Lovers and Other StrangersSusan Henderson
1972In Pursuit of Treasure
1972The Strange Vengeance of RosalieRosalie
1973Between FriendsEllie
1978The Big FixSuzanne
1983Heart Like a WheelShirley Muldowney
1986Death of an AngelGrace
1986Violets Are BlueRuth Squires
1986The Boy Who Could FlyCharlene
1987Like Father Like SonLady with Gum in HairCameo appearance
1987The StrangerAlice Kildee
1988The Prince of PennsylvaniaPam Marshetta
1988Die HardHolly Gennero McClane
1989Fat Man and Little BoyKitty Oppenheimer
1990Die Hard 2Holly McClane
1990Presumed InnocentBarbara Sabich
1993Needful ThingsPolly Chalmers
1994Judicial ConsentGwen Warwick
1995Die Hard with a VengeanceHolly McClaneVoice only
1997Bad MannersNancy Westlund
1999Anywhere But HereCarol
2000Sordid LivesLatrelle Williamson
2013MunchausenMotherShort film


1958The NutcrackerClaraPlayhouse 90
1961-1967Love of LifeSandy PorterSeries regular
1964East Side/West SideLinda StuartEpisode: "The $5.98 Dress"
1968Judd for the DefenseEllieEpisode: "The Death Farm"
1968The High ChaparralTina GrangerEpisode: "The Deceivers"
1969Then Came BronsonTemple BrooksEpisode: "Pilot"
1969, 1972BonanzaAlice Harper / Laurie MansfieldEpisodes: "The Unwanted" and "Forever"
1972SandcastlesJenna HampshireTV Movie
1973A Time for LoveKittyTV Movie
1973HawkinsEdith Dayton-ThomasEpisode: "Death and the Maiden"
1973Message to My DaughterJanet ThatcherTV Movie
1973Love StoryAlice HartmanEpisode: "Love Came Laughing"
1974Heat Wave!Laura TaylorTV Movie
1974The New LandAnna LarsenSeries regular, 6 episodes (plus 7 unaired)
1978A Question of LoveJoan SaltzmanTV Movie
1979Walking Through the FireDr. RandTV Movie
1979Salem's LotSusan NortonTV miniseries
1980TouristMandy BurkeTV Movie
1982Fighting BackAletaTV Movie
1982Million Dollar InfieldMarcia MillerTV Movie
1983Memorial DayCassTV Movie
1985The Lady from YesterdayJanet WestonTV Movie
1986Alex: The Life of a ChildCarole DefordTV Movie
1987When the Time ComesLiddy TravisTV Movie
1990Somebody Has to Shoot the PictureHannah McGrathTV Movie
1991Switched at BirthRegina TwiggTV Movie
1992A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan StoryElizabeth MorganTV Movie
1993Fallen AngelsSally CreightonEpisode: "The Quiet Room"
1993The Fire Next TimeSuzanne MorganTV Movie
1995Legacy of Sin: The William Coit StoryJill CoitTV Movie
1995Shadow of a DoubtRobin HarwellTV Movie
1996HomecomingEunice LoganTV Movie
1996A Season in PurgatoryValerie SabbathTV miniseries
1996Her Costly AffairDr. Diane WestonTV Movie
1997Any Mother's SonDorothy HajdysTV Movie
1998To Live AgainIris SayerTV Movie
1999Locked in SilenceLydiaTV Movie
2000Flowers for AlgernonRoseTV Movie
2000PicnicFlo OwensTV Movie
2001-2004The DivisionCapt. Kate McCaffertySeries regular, 88 episodes
2007Big LoveVirginia Ginger HeffmanEpisode: "Good Guys and Bad Guys"
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDDA Madeline KleinEpisode: "Grissom's Divine Comedy"
2008Sordid Lives: The SeriesLatrelle WilliamsonSeries regular, 12 episodes
2010–presentParenthoodCamille BravermanSeries regular
69 Episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

1967Theatre World AwardTheatre World AwardMy Sweet CharlieWon
1984Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaHeart Like a WheelNominated
1989Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleThe Prince of PennsylvaniaNominated
1994Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesFallen AngelsNominated
1997CableACE AwardOutstanding Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesAny Mother's SonNominated
1999Lone Star Film & Television AwardsBest TV ActressTo Live AgainWon
2000Emmy AwardOutstanding Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesLocked in SilenceNominated
2012Ojai Film FestivalLifetime Achievement AwardWon


  1. ^ a b c "Bonnie Bedelia on AllMovie". 1946-03-25. Retrieved 2013-04-14. 
  2. ^ a b c Bandler, Michael J. (October 25, 1992). "Character Study Despite Her Laurels, Bonnie Bedelia Wonders When Stardom Will Arrive". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Bonnie Bedelia: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 
  4. ^ The Broadway League. "Bonnie Bedelia | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Bonnie Bedelia Bio | Camille Braverman | Parenthood". NBC. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  6. ^ a b c Bonnie Bedelia- Biography, Yahoo! Movies
  7. ^ Backlot, The (2008-07-03). "The To-Die-For Cast of "Sordid Lives: The Series"". Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  8. ^ "More stars join NBC's 'Parenthood'". HitFix. April 19, 2009. Retrieved 2013-05-05. 

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