Born Name: Bonnie Bedelia Culkin
Date of Birth: March 25, 1948
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
Years active: 1957–present
Height: 1.63 m
Spouse: Michael MacRae (m. 1995), Ken Luber (m. 1969–1980)
Children: Jonah Luber, Yuri Luber
Relatives: Kit Culkin (brother), Macaulay Culkin (nephew), Kieran Culkin (nephew), Rory Culkin (nephew)
Bonnie Bedelia Culkin (born March 25, 1948) is an American actress. After beginning her career in theatre, she starred in the CBS daytime soap opera Love of Life (1961–67) before making her movie debut in The Gypsy Moths (1969). Bedelia was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the 1983 film Heart Like a Wheel, and for an Independent Spirit Award for The Prince of Pennsylvania (1988). She is best known for her role as Holly Gennero McClane in the action films Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990), and for her work in the movies They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Bonanza (1969, 1972 appearing opposite Michael Landon), Presumed Innocent (1990), and Needful Things (1993). Bedelia has also had many other leading and supporting film roles.
For her television work, Bedelia has earned two Emmy Awards nominations. From 2001 to 2004, Bedelia played the lead role in the Lifetime television drama series The Division. She later starred as family matriarch Camille Braverman in the NBC drama series Parenthood (2010–2015).
Early life and education
Bonnie Bedelia was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, the daughter of Marian Ethel (née Wagner), a writer and editor, and Philip Harley Culkin, who was in public relations and 50 years old at the time. She was born in a difficult financial period when her father's firm went bankrupt and they lived in "a cold-water tenement flat". She has two brothers, one of whom is actor Kit Culkin, and a sister, Candice Culkin. She is the aunt of actors Macaulay, Kieran, and Rory Culkin. Her mother died when she was 14 and her father, "who had always had ulcers," died shortly after.
Bonnie studied dance in her youth at School of American Ballet.. She received her acting training at HB Studio
Before becoming an actress, Bedelia studied ballet and appeared in a few productions with the New York City Ballet, including The Nutcracker. In 1958 she had her only dancing role onscreen as Clara in the Playhouse 90 television production of the George Balanchine Nutcracker. From 1961 to 1967 Bedelia 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.
Bedelia made her film debut in The Gypsy Moths, and later in 1969 she attracted attention as the pregnant marathon dancer in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. In following years, she starred in the 1970 comedy Lovers and Other Strangers, and had dramatic roles in The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972), and Between Friends (1973). She also appeared opposite Richard Dreyfuss in 1978 comedyThe Big Fix. On television she had the leading role in the short-lived ABC drama series, The New Land.
In 1984 Bedelia received critical acclaim and 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 Holly Gennero McClane, the wife of Bruce Willis's character John McClane in Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990), and as Barbara Sabich, the wife of Harrison Ford's character in Presumed Innocent (1990).
Bedelia appeared in two Stephen King screen adaptations: Salem's Lot (1979) and Needful Things (1993). She was nominated for Emmy Award for performances in Showtime anthology series, Fallen Angels in 1993, and for the leading role in the made-for-television movie Locked in Silence (1999). On television she played a number of leading roles in television films and miniseries, such as Switched at Birth, A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story, Her Costly Affair, and Picnic. From 2001 to 2004 Bedelia had lead role as Capt. Kate McCafferty in the Lifetime television drama series The Division. She later guest-starred in Big Love and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and starred opposite Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John in 2008 sitcom Sordid Lives: The Series.
In 2010 Bedelia began starring in the NBC drama series, Parenthood, playing the role of the family matriarch, Camille Braverman. The series aired during six seasons to 2015.
In 2017, she appeared in the second season of the TV series Designated Survivor, and in two Hallmark movies. In 2019 she guest starred on the Netflix series What/If.
She married scriptwriter Ken Luber on April 24, 1969; and they had two sons, Uri (b. 1970) and Jonah (b. 1976). They divorced in 1980. She was married briefly to Jay Telfer, a musician and screenwriter. She married actor Michael MacRae in 1995.
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