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Thelma Ritter – MovieActors.com

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Ritter in Pillow Talk.

About Thelma Ritter (1905 – 1969)
Thelma Ritter was born on February 14, 1905, in Brooklyn, New York. Thelma Ritter passed away on February 4, 1969, in New York, from a heart attack. She is known as a talented, supporting character actor who was nominated 6 times for an Academy Award.

In the 1940s, Thelma Ritter worked in radio. Thelma's movie career began with a small part in the 1946 "Miracle On 34th Street."

In the 1950 film, All About Eve, Ritter played the disgruntled maid of soon to be displaced actress Betty Davis, who is ultimately ousted from her role as New York queen of the stage by her upstart, secretly ambitious assistant. Ritter was nominated for an Oscar, in this critically acclaimed picture which ultimately garnered 14 nominations, with wins in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, plus another 3 categories.

In Rear Window, the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, she played Stella, a home visitation nurse who also gives free advice on love. She was at first a foil then a help to James Stewart's character, a globe trotting reporter, laid up with a broken leg, suffering from a fear of being domesticated by his gorgeous, socialite girlfriend played by Grace Kelly. She wants him to marry her, and stop being who he is; a seeker of adventure through his photography. As strange events occur in the apartment across the courtyard, Stewart's increasingly concerned reporter discusses with Stella the circumstantial evidence he witnessed that leads him to conclude a murder has been committed by his neighbor. The film was nominated for four academy awards.

Thelma Ritter played Doris Day's drunken housekeeper in the fluff comedy, Pillow Talk [1959], in which Day's disgusted character shares a party phone line with a line-hogging womanizer, played by Rock Hudson, who sets about romancing her in disguise. Ritter was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

In 1962, Thelma Ritter played the mother of the Birdman of Alcatraz, a convicted murderer who rehabs in prison through learning the care of birds. Ritter's character made an impassioned plea for her son's life, saving her son [played by Burt Lancaster] from execution. Instead, he was given a life sentence.

Thelma Ritter's notable movie credits include...

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Boeing Boeing (1965)
for love or money (1963)
how the west was won (1962)
pillow talk (1959)
rear window (1954)
titanic (1953)
all about eve (1950)

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Ritter in Rear Window (1954).

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Thelma Ritter in Pillow Talk.