Biography

Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded. During the period 1951 to 1963 Ms. Ritter was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. She is one of the most nominated actors who never won the statue. Shortly after a 1968 performance on The Jerry Lewis Show (1967), Ms. Ritter suffered a heart attack which proved fatal.

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Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded. During the period 1951 to 1963 Ms. Ritter was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. She is one of the most nominated actors who never won the statue. Shortly after a 1968 performance on The Jerry Lewis Show (1967), Ms. Ritter suffered a heart attack which proved fatal.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 39

Birthday 1905-02-14

Day of Death 1969-02-05

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller as Moe Williams (archive footage)
1968 What's So Bad About Feeling Good? as Mrs. Schwartz
1967 The Incident as Bertha Beckerman
1965 Boeing, Boeing as Bertha
1963 Move Over, Darling as Grace Arden
1963 A New Kind of Love as Leena
1963 For Love or Money as Chloe Brasher
1962 How the West Was Won as Agatha Clegg
1962 Birdman of Alcatraz as Elizabeth Stroud
1961 The Second Time Around as Aggie Gates
1961 The Misfits as Isabelle Steers
1959 Pillow Talk as Alma
1959 A Hole in the Head as Sophie Manetta
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show(1 episode)
1956 The Proud and Profane as Kate Connors
1956 Telephone Time(1 episode)
1955 Lucy Gallant as Molly Basserman
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour(1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(1 episode)
1955 Daddy Long Legs as Alicia Pritchard
1954 Rear Window as Stella
1953 The Farmer Takes a Wife as Lucy Cashdollar
1953 Pickup on South Street as Moe Williams
1953 Titanic as Maude Young
1953 The Academy Awards(3 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1952 With a Song in My Heart as Clancy
1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker as Mae Swasey
1951 Goodyear Television Playhouse(1 episode)
1951 As Young as You Feel as Della Hodges
1951 The Mating Season as Ellen McNulty
1950 All About Eve as Birdie Coonan
1950 I'll Get By as Miss Murphy
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(1 episode)
1950 Perfect Strangers as Lena Fassler
1949 Father Was a Fullback as Geraldine
1949 City Across the River as Mrs. Katie Cusack
1949 A Letter to Three Wives as Sadie Dugan (uncredited)
1947 Miracle on 34th Street as Shopper at Macy's

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