Bonnie Bedelia Culkin (born March 25, 1948) is an American actress best known for her supporting roles in the action films Die Hard and Presumed Innocent. She is currently starring in the NBC series Parenthood.

Early life[edit | edit source]

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.[1] She is the sister of Kit Culkin and the aunt of actors Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin. She married scriptwriter Ken Luber on April 24, 1969, and they had a son, Yuri, the following year. The time off to focus on motherhood (she had second son, Jonah Luber, in 1976) proved detrimental to her rising star. Divorced from the father of her two children, she is presently married to third husband (some references state fourth) actor Michael MacRae, whom she married in 1995.

Career[edit | edit source]

From 1961 to 1967, Bonnie 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 and winning a Theatre World award in the lead of My Sweet Charlie in 1966. In April 1969 she guest starred in "The Unwanted", an episode of the TV series Bonanza.

Bedelia was nominated for a Golden Globe for her starring role in 1983's Heart Like a Wheel as drag racer Shirley Muldowney. Other well–known performances came as the wife of Bruce Willis's character John McClane in Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990), and Harrison Ford in Presumed Innocent (1990).

Bedelia appears in two Stephen King film adaptations: Salem's Lot and Needful Things (1993). She currently co-stars in the NBC series, Parenthood, playing the role of the family matriarch, Camille Braverman. The series is in its second season.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Then Came Bronson Temple Brooks TV series, pilot movie
1969 Template:Sortname Annie Burke
1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Ruby
1970 Pursuit of Treasure
1970 Lovers and Other Strangers Susan Henderson
1972 Template:Sortname Rosalie
1972 Sandcastles Jenna Hampshire Made for TV, with Jan Michael Vincent, 74 minutes
1973 Between Friends Ellie
1978 Template:Sortname Suzanne
1979 Salem's Lot Susan Norton TV miniseries
1983 Heart Like a Wheel Shirley Muldowney Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1986 Violets Are Blue Ruth Squires
1986 Death of an Angel Grace
1986 Template:Sortname Charlene Michaelson
1986 Alex: The Life of a Child Carol Deford TV
1987 Like Father Like Son Lady with gum in hair (uncredited)
1987 Template:Sortname Alice Kildee
1988 Template:Sortname Pam Marshetta Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
1988 Die Hard Holly Gennaro McClane
1989 Fat Man and Little Boy Kitty Oppenheimer
1990 Die Hard 2 Holly McClane
1990 Presumed Innocent Barbara Sabich
1993 Needful Things Polly Chalmers
1993 Judicial Consent Gwen Warwick
1994 Speechless Annette
1996 Template:Sortname Valerie Sabbath TV miniseries
1996 Her Costly Affair Dr. Diane Weston TV movie
1997 Bad Manners Nancy
1997 Any Mother's Son Dorothy Hajdys Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1999 Gloria Brenda
1999 Anywhere but Here Carol
2000 Sordid Lives Latrelle Williamson
2000 Picnic Flo Owens TV movie
Template:Sortname Captain Kaitlyn McCafferty TV series (58 episodes)
2003 Manhood Alice
2005 Berkeley Hawkins
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation DDA Madeline Klein TV series, episode "Grissom's Divine Comedy"
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series Latrelle Williamson TV series (11 episodes)
2010 Parenthood Camille Braverman TV series

References[edit | edit source]

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