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Bonnie Bedelia in The New Land (1974).
Bonnie Bedelia Culkin

(1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 71)
Years active1957–present
Ken Luber
(m. 1969;div. 1980)

Michael MacRae(m. 1995)
Relatives Kit Culkin (brother)
Macaulay Culkin (nephew)
Kieran Culkin (nephew)
Rory Culkin (nephew)

Bonnie Bedelia (born Bonnie Bedelia Culkin, March 25, 1948) is an American actress.


After beginning her career in theatre, she starred in the CBS daytime soap opera Love of Life (1961–67) before making her movie debut in The Gypsy Moths (1969). Bedelia was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1983 film Heart Like a Wheel , and for an Independent Spirit Award for The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988). She is best known for her role as Holly Gennero McClane in the action films Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990), and for her work in the movies They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Bonanza (1969, 1972 appearing opposite Michael Landon), Presumed Innocent (1990), and Needful Things (1993). Bedelia has also had many other leading and supporting film roles.

<i>Love of Life</i> television series

Love of Life is an American soap opera televised on CBS from September 24, 1951, to February 1, 1980. It was created by Roy Winsor, whose previous creation Search for Tomorrow had premiered three weeks before Love of Life, and who would go on to create The Secret Storm two and a half years later.

<i>The Gypsy Moths</i> 1969 film by John Frankenheimer

The Gypsy Moths is a 1969 American drama film, based on the novel of the same name by James Drought and directed by John Frankenheimer. The film tells the story of three barnstorming skydivers and their effect on a Midwestern American town, focusing on the differences in values between the town folk and the hard-living skydivers.

Golden Globe Award award of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Golden Globe Awards are accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association beginning in January 1944, recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign.

For her television work, Bedelia has earned two Emmy Awards nominations. From 2001 to 2004, Bedelia played the lead role in the Lifetime television drama series The Division . She later starred as family matriarch Camille Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood (2010–2015).

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Academy Award, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.

Lifetime (TV network) American cable and satellite television

Lifetime is an American pay television channel that is part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, a subsidiary of A&E Networks, which is jointly owned by the Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company. It features programming that is geared toward women or features women in lead roles. As of January 2016, it is received by 93.8 million households in America.

<i>The Division</i> television series

The Division is an American police procedural drama television series created by Deborah Joy LeVine starring Bonnie Bedelia. The series focuses on a team of women detectives and officers in the San Francisco Police Department. The series premiered on Lifetime on January 7, 2001 and ended on June 28, 2004 after 88 episodes.

Early life and education

Bonnie Bedelia was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, the daughter of Marian Ethel (née Wagner), a writer and editor, and Philip Harley Culkin, who was in public relations and 50 years old at the time. [1] She was born in a difficult financial period when her father's firm went bankrupt and they lived in "a cold-water tenement flat". [1] She has two brothers, [1] one of whom is actor Kit Culkin, and a sister, Candice Culkin. [2] She is the aunt of actors Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin. [1] [2] Her mother died when she was 14 and her father, "who had always had ulcers," died shortly after. [1]

Manhattan Borough in New York City and county in New York, United States

Manhattan, often referred to locally as the City, is the most densely populated of the five boroughs of New York City and its economic and administrative center, cultural identifier, and historical birthplace. The borough is coextensive with New York County, one of the original counties of the U.S. state of New York. The borough consists mostly of Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers; several small adjacent islands; and Marble Hill, a small neighborhood now on the U.S. mainland, physically connected to the Bronx and separated from the rest of Manhattan by the Harlem River. Manhattan Island is divided into three informally bounded components, each aligned with the borough's long axis: Lower, Midtown, and Upper Manhattan.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Christopher Cornelius "Kit" Culkin is an American stage actor and former manager. He is probably best known as the father of actors Macaulay Culkin, Rory Culkin and Kieran Culkin, and the brother of actress Bonnie Bedelia.

Bonnie studied dance in her youth at School of American Ballet. [1] . She received her acting training at HB Studio [3]

The School of American Ballet (SAB) is an American classical ballet school and is the associate school of the New York City Ballet, a ballet company based at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The school trains students from the age of six, with professional vocational ballet training for students aged 11–18. Graduates of the school achieve employment with leading ballet companies worldwide, most notably in the United States with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

HB Studio performing arts school in Greenwich Village, New York City

The HB Studio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering professional training in the performing arts through classes, workshops, free lectures, theater productions, theater rentals, a theater artist residency program, as well as full-time study through their International Student Program and Uta Hagen Institute.


Before becoming an actress, Bedelia studied ballet and appeared in a few productions with the New York City Ballet, including The Nutcracker . In 1958 she 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 [1] and winning a Theatre World Award in the lead of My Sweet Charlie in 1966. [4]

<i>The Nutcracker</i> Tchaikovsky ballet

The Nutcracker is a two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E. T. A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King".

<i>Playhouse 90</i> television series

Playhouse 90 was an American television anthology drama series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, California. Since live anthology drama series of the mid-1950s usually were hour-long shows, the title highlighted the network's intention to present something unusual: a weekly series of hour-and-a-half-long dramas rather than 60-minute plays.

Choreographer George Balanchine's production of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker has become the most famous stage production of the ballet performed in the U.S. It uses the plot of the Alexandre Dumas, père, version of E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816). Its premiere took place on February 2, 1954, at City Center, New York, with costumes by Karinska and sets by Horace Armistead. It has been staged in New York every year since 1954, and many other productions throughout the United States either imitate it, or directly use the Balanchine staging. However, although it is often cited as being the production that made the ballet famous in the U.S., it was Willam Christensen's 1944 production for the San Francisco Ballet which first introduced the complete work to the United States.

Bedelia in the 1973 made-for-TV film Message to My Daughter Bonnie Bedelia 1973.JPG
Bedelia in the 1973 made-for-TV film Message to My Daughter

Bedelia made her film debut in The Gypsy Moths , and later in 1969 she attracted attention as the pregnant marathon dancer in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? . [5] 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 comedy The Big Fix . On television she had the leading role in the short-lived ABC drama series, The New Land .

<i>Lovers and Other Strangers</i> 1970 film by Cy Howard

Lovers and Other Strangers is a 1970 American comedy film based on the play by Renée Taylor and Joseph Bologna. The cast includes Richard S. Castellano, Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, Anne Jackson, Beatrice Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Harry Guardino, Anne Meara, Bob Dishy, Marian Hailey, Joseph Hindy, and, in her film debut, Diane Keaton. Sylvester Stallone was an extra in this movie. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, and was one of the top box office performers of 1970. It established Richard S. Castellano as a star and he, along with Diane Keaton, was subsequently cast in The Godfather. The song For All We Know was composed by Fred Karlin with lyrics by Robb Royer and Jimmy Griffin.

<i>The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie</i> 1972 film by Jack Starrett

The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie is a 1972 thriller film directed by Jack Starrett and starring Bonnie Bedelia and Ken Howard.

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. [2] [6] Other well-known performances came as Holly Gennero 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). [5] [7]

Bedelia appeared in two Stephen King screen adaptations: Salem's Lot (1979) and Needful Things (1993). She was nominated for Emmy Award for performances in Showtime anthology series, Fallen Angels in 1993, and for the leading role in the made-for-television movie Locked in Silence (1999). [7] On television she played a number of leading roles in television films 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 The Division . [7] She later guest-starred in Big Love and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , and starred opposite Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John in 2008 sitcom Sordid Lives: The Series . [8]

In 2010 Bedelia began starring in the NBC drama series, Parenthood , playing the role of the family matriarch, Camille Braverman. [9] The series aired during six seasons to 2015. [10]

In 2017, she appeared in the second season of the TV series Designated Survivor , as the mother of the First Lady of the United States.

Personal life

She married scriptwriter Ken Luber on April 24, 1969; and they had two sons, [1] Uri (b. 1970) and Jonah (b. 1976). They divorced in 1980. She was married briefly to Jay Telfer, a musician and screenwriter. [11] She married actor Michael MacRae in 1995. [12]



1969 The Gypsy Moths Annie Burke
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Ruby
1970 Lovers and Other Strangers Susan Henderson
1972In Pursuit of Treasure
1972 The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie Rosalie
1973 Between Friends Ellie
1978 The Big Fix Suzanne
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Shirley Muldowney
1986 Death of an Angel Deacon Grace McKenzie
1986 Violets Are Blue Ruth Squires
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Charlene Michaelson
1987 Like Father Like Son Lady with Gum in HairCameo appearance
1987 The Stranger Alice Kildee
1988 The Prince of Pennsylvania Pam Marshetta
1988 Die Hard Holly Gennaro McClane
1989 Fat Man and Little Boy Kitty Oppenheimer
1990 Die Hard 2 Holly Gennaro McClane
1990 Presumed Innocent Barbara Sabich
1993 Needful Things Polly Chalmers
1994 Speechless Annette
1994Judicial ConsentGwen Warwick
1997 Bad Manners Nancy Westlund
1999 Gloria Brenda
1999 Anywhere But Here Carol
2000 Sordid Lives Latrelle Williamson
2003 Manhood Alice
2005 Berkeley Hawkins
2013 Munchausen MotherShort film
2016Broken LinksMelanie
2017 The Scent of Rain and Lightning [13] Annabelle


1958 Playhouse 90 ClaraEpisode: "The Nutcracker"
1961–1967 Love of Life Sandy PorterSeries regular
1964 East Side/West Side Linda StuartEpisode: "The $5.98 Dress"
1968 Judd for the Defense EllieEpisode: "The Death Farm"
1968 The High Chaparral Tina GrangerEpisode: "The Deceivers"
1969 Then Came Bronson Temple BrooksEpisode: "Pilot"
1969, 1972 Bonanza Laurie Mansfield /Alice HarperEpisodes: "The Unwanted" and "Forever"
1972SandcastlesJenna HampshireTelevision film
1973A Time for LoveKittyTelevision film
1973 Hawkins Edith Dayton-ThomasEpisode: "Death and the Maiden"
1973 Message to My Daughter Janet ThatcherTelevision film
1973 Love Story Alice HartmanEpisode: "Love Came Laughing"
1974 Heatwave! Laura TaylorTelevision film
1974 The New Land Anna LarsenSeries regular, 13 episodes
1978A Question of LoveJoan SaltzmanTelevision film
1979Walking Through the FireDr. RandTelevision film
1979 Salem's Lot Susan NortonMiniseries
1980TouristMandy BurkeTelevision film
1982 Fighting Back AletaTelevision film
1982 Million Dollar Infield Marcia MillerTelevision film
1983 Memorial Day CassTelevision film
1985 The Lady from Yesterday Janet WestonTelevision film
1986Alex: The Life of a ChildCarole DefordTelevision film
1987When the Time ComesLiddy TravisTelevision film
1990 Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture Hannah McGrathTelevision film
1991 Switched at Birth Regina TwiggTelevision film
1992 A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story Elizabeth MorganTelevision film
1993 Fallen Angels Sally CreightonEpisode: "The Quiet Room"
1993 The Fire Next Time Suzanne MorganTelevision film
1995Legacy of Sin: The William Coit StoryJill CoitTelevision film
1995 Shadow of a Doubt Robin HarwellTelevision film
1996 Homecoming Eunice LoganTelevision film
1996 A Season in Purgatory Valerie SabbathMiniseries
1996 Her Costly Affair Dr. Diane WestonTelevision film
1997 Any Mother's Son Dorothy HajdysTelevision film
1998To Live AgainIris SayerTelevision film
1999Locked in SilenceLydiaTelevision film
2000 Flowers for Algernon RoseTelevision film
2000 Picnic Flo OwensTelevision film
2001–2004 The Division Capt. Kate McCaffertySeries regular, 88 episodes
2007 Big Love Virginia Ginger HeffmanEpisode: "Good Guys and Bad Guys"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation DDA Madeline KleinEpisode: "Grissom's Divine Comedy"
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Latrelle WilliamsonSeries regular, 12 episodes
2010–2015 Parenthood Camille BravermanSeries regular, 103 episodes
2017 Designated Survivor Eva Booker5 episodes
2017A Joyous ChristmasJoyTelevision film (Hallmark)
2017Christmas on the CoastEllie CassadineTelevision film (Hallmark)
2019What/IfMargaret DennerEpisode: "What Secrets"

Awards and nominations

1967 Theatre World Award Theatre World AwardMy Sweet CharlieWon
1984 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Heart Like a WheelNominated
1989 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female The Prince of PennsylvaniaNominated
1994 Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Fallen AngelsNominated
1997 CableACE Award Outstanding Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesAny Mother's SonNominated
1999Lone Star Film & Television AwardsBest TV ActressTo Live Again Won
2000 Emmy Award Outstanding Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesLocked in SilenceNominated
2012Ojai Film FestivalLifetime Achievement AwardWon

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