Beulah Bondi

Beulah Bondi

Always said her greatest regret was being passed over for the role of Ma Joad in John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath (1940).

Died in her California home of injuries she sustained after tripping over her cat.

Made her stage debut at age 9, in the title role of "Little Lord Fauntleroy".

Portrayed James Stewart's mother in four films: It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Of Human Hearts (1938) and Vivacious Lady (1938), as well as on an episode of his television series, "The Jimmy Stewart Show" (1971).

She changed the spelling of her name from Bondy to Bondi because her father disapproved of her chosen profession, i.e. acting.

Though she often played loving mothers and wives, she never married nor had children.