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Thelma Ritter

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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Feb 14, 1905 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Miracle on 34th Street 1947-06-11
Latest Project:
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller 2002-07-02
Known For
Poster of Pickup on South Street
Poster of Miracle on 34th Street
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller Moe Williams (archive footage) 2002-07-02
Movie What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Mrs. Schwartz 1968-05-24
Movie The Incident Bertha Beckerman 1967-11-05
Movie For Love or Money Chloe Brasher 1963-08-07
Movie A New Kind of Love Leena 1963-10-10
Movie Move Over, Darling Grace Arden 1963-12-19
Movie Birdman of Alcatraz Elizabeth Stroud 1962-07-03
Movie How the West Was Won Agatha Clegg 1962-10-01
Movie The Second Time Around Aggie Gates 1961-12-22
Movie A Hole in the Head Sophie Manetta 1959-09-15
Series Telephone Time Unknown 1956-04-08
Movie The Proud and Profane Kate Connors 1956-06-13
Movie Daddy Long Legs Alicia Pritchard 1955-05-05
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Lucy Gallant Molly Basserman 1955-10-20
Movie Rear Window Stella 1954-09-01
Movie The Farmer Takes a Wife Lucy Cashdollar 1953-06-12
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Titanic Maude Young 1953-04-11
Movie Pickup on South Street Moe Williams 1953-05-27
Movie With a Song in My Heart Clancy 1952-04-03
Movie As Young as You Feel Della Hodges 1951-06-15
Movie The Mating Season Ellen McNulty 1951-01-12
Movie The Model and the Marriage Broker Mae Swasey 1951-11-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Perfect Strangers Lena Fassler 1950-03-11
Movie I'll Get By Miss Murphy 1950-10-02
Movie A Letter to Three Wives Sadie Dugan (uncredited) 1949-01-20
Movie City Across the River Mrs. Katie Cusack 1949-04-07
Movie Father Was a Fullback Geraldine 1949-09-30
Movie Miracle on 34th Street Peter's Mother (uncredited) 1947-06-11
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