Thelma Ritter

Place of birth:
Brooklyn, New York, USA:
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.


Great Performances - Making 'The Misfits (2002)
as Herself (archive footage)
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller (2002)
as Moe Williams (archive footage)
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
as Mrs. Schwartz
The Incident (1967)
as Bertha Beckerman
Boeing, Boeing (1965)
as Bertha
Move Over, Darling (1963)
as Grace Arden
A New Kind of Love (1963)
as Leena
For Love or Money (1963)
as Chloe Brasher
How the West Was Won (1962)
as Agatha Clegg
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
as Elizabeth Stroud
The Second Time Around (1961)
as Aggie Gates
The Misfits (1961)
as Isabelle Steers
Pillow Talk (1959)
as Alma
A Hole in the Head (1959)
as Sophie Manetta
The Proud and Profane (1956)
as Kate Connors
Lucy Gallant (1955)
as Molly Basserman
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
as Alicia Pritchard
Rear Window (1954)
as Stella
The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953)
as Lucy Cashdollar
Pickup on South Street (1953)
as Moe Williams
Titanic (1953)
as Maude Young
With a Song in My Heart (1952)
as Clancy
The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951)
as Mae Swasey
As Young as You Feel (1951)
as Della Hodges
The Mating Season (1951)
as Ellen McNulty
All About Eve (1950)
as Birdie Coonan
I'll Get By (1950)
as Miss Murphy
Perfect Strangers (1950)
as Lena Fassler
Father Was a Fullback (1949)
as Geraldine
City Across the River (1949)
as Mrs. Katie Cusack
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
as Sadie Dugan (uncredited)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
as Peter's Mother (uncredited) © 2020

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