Bonnie Bedelia (born Bonnie Bedelia Culkin, March 25, 1948) is an American actress. She began her career in theatre and during 1960s 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 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), as well as 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 also had many other leading and supporting roles, and has worked regularly on television.
For her television work, Bedelia received two Emmy Awards nominations. From 2001 to 2004, Bedelia played the lead role in the Lifetime television drama series, The Division, and later starred as family matriarch Camille Braverman in the NBC drama series, Parenthood (2010–2015).
Bonnie Bedelia was born in Manhattan, New York City, 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.
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, as the mother of the First Lady of the United States.
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.
|1969||The Gypsy Moths||Annie Burke|
|1969||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?||Ruby|
|1970||Lovers and Other Strangers||Susan Henderson|
|1972||In Pursuit of Treasure|
|1972||The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie||Rosalie|
|1978||The Big Fix||Suzanne|
|1983||Heart Like a Wheel||Shirley Muldowney|
|1986||Death of an Angel||Grace|
|1986||Violets Are Blue||Ruth Squires|
|1986||The Boy Who Could Fly||Charlene Michaelson|
|1987||Like Father Like Son||Lady with Gum in Hair||Cameo appearance|
|1987||The Stranger||Alice Kildee|
|1988||The Prince of Pennsylvania||Pam Marshetta|
|1988||Die Hard||Holly Gennaro McClane|
|1989||Fat Man and Little Boy||Kitty Oppenheimer|
|1990||Die Hard 2||Holly Gennaro McClane|
|1990||Presumed Innocent||Barbara Sabich|
|1993||Needful Things||Polly Chalmers|
|1994||Judicial Consent||Gwen Warwick|
|1997||Bad Manners||Nancy Westlund|
|1999||Anywhere But Here||Carol|
|2000||Sordid Lives||Latrelle Williamson|
|2017||The Scent of Rain and Lightning||Annabelle|
|1958||Playhouse 90||Clara||Episode: "The Nutcracker"|
|1961–1967||Love of Life||Sandy Porter||Series regular|
|1964||East Side/West Side||Linda Stuart||Episode: "The $5.98 Dress"|
|1968||Judd for the Defense||Ellie||Episode: "The Death Farm"|
|1968||The High Chaparral||Tina Granger||Episode: "The Deceivers"|
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Temple Brooks||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1969, 1972||Bonanza||Laurie Mansfield /Alice Harper||Episodes: "The Unwanted" and "Forever"|
|1972||Sandcastles||Jenna Hampshire||Television film|
|1973||A Time for Love||Kitty||Television film|
|1973||Hawkins||Edith Dayton-Thomas||Episode: "Death and the Maiden"|
|1973||Message to My Daughter||Janet Thatcher||Television film|
|1973||Love Story||Alice Hartman||Episode: "Love Came Laughing"|
|1974||Heatwave!||Laura Taylor||Television film|
|1974||The New Land||Anna Larsen||Series regular, 13 episodes|
|1978||A Question of Love||Joan Saltzman||Television film|
|1979||Walking Through the Fire||Dr. Rand||Television film|
|1979||Salem's Lot||Susan Norton||Miniseries|
|1980||Tourist||Mandy Burke||Television film|
|1982||Fighting Back||Aleta||Television film|
|1982||Million Dollar Infield||Marcia Miller||Television film|
|1983||Memorial Day||Cass||Television film|
|1985||The Lady from Yesterday||Janet Weston||Television film|
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Carole Deford||Television film|
|1987||When the Time Comes||Liddy Travis||Television film|
|1990||Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture||Hannah McGrath||Television film|
|1991||Switched at Birth||Regina Twigg||Television film|
|1992||A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story||Elizabeth Morgan||Television film|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Sally Creighton||Episode: "The Quiet Room"|
|1993||The Fire Next Time||Suzanne Morgan||Television film|
|1995||Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story||Jill Coit||Television film|
|1995||Shadow of a Doubt||Robin Harwell||Television film|
|1996||Homecoming||Eunice Logan||Television film|
|1996||A Season in Purgatory||Valerie Sabbath||Miniseries|
|1996||Her Costly Affair||Dr. Diane Weston||Television film|
|1997||Any Mother's Son||Dorothy Hajdys||Television film|
|1998||To Live Again||Iris Sayer||Television film|
|1999||Locked in Silence||Lydia||Television film|
|2000||Flowers for Algernon||Rose||Television film|
|2000||Picnic||Flo Owens||Television film|
|2001–2004||The Division||Capt. Kate McCafferty||Series regular, 88 episodes|
|2007||Big Love||Virginia Ginger Heffman||Episode: "Good Guys and Bad Guys"|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||DDA Madeline Klein||Episode: "Grissom's Divine Comedy"|
|2008||Sordid Lives: The Series||Latrelle Williamson||Series regular, 12 episodes|
|2010–2015||Parenthood||Camille Braverman||Series regular, 103 episodes|
|2017||Designated Survivor||Eva Booker||5 episodes|
|2017||A Joyous Christmas||Joy||Television film (Hallmark)|
Awards and nominations
|1967||Theatre World Award||Theatre World Award||My Sweet Charlie||Won|
|1984||Golden Globe Award||Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama||Heart Like a Wheel||Nominated|
|1989||Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||The Prince of Pennsylvania||Nominated|
|1994||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Fallen Angels||Nominated|
|1997||CableACE Award||Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Any Mother's Son||Nominated|
|1999||Lone Star Film & Television Awards||Best TV Actress||To Live Again||Won|
|2000||Emmy Award||Outstanding Actress in a Movie or Miniseries||Locked in Silence||Nominated|
|2012||Ojai Film Festival||Lifetime Achievement Award||Won|