Bonita Granville (February 2, 1923 – October 11, 1988) was an American film actress and television producer.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Granville was the daughter of stage actors, and made her film debut at the age of nine in Westward Passage (1933). Over the next couple of years she played uncredited supporting roles in such films as Little Women (1933) and Anne of Green Gables (1934) before playing the role of Mary in the film adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s 1934 stage play The Children’s Hour. Renamed These Three, a 1936 film that told the story of three adults (played by Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, and Joel McCrea) who find their lives almost destroyed by the malicious lies of an evil attention-seeking child. For her role as that child, Granville was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, then the first youngest person to be nominated for that award. Despite this success, and although she continued to work, the next few years brought her few opportunities… read more