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Thelma Ritter

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Brooklyn, New York, USA
Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded. During the period 1951 to 1963 Ms. Ritter was nominated for 6 Academy Awards. She is one of the most nominated actors who never won the statue. Read more...

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Character: Peter's Mother

Miracle on 34th Street 1947

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Character: Sadie Dugan

A Letter to Three Wives 1949

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Character: Moe Williams

Pickup on South Street 1953

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Character: Maude Young

Titanic 1953

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Character: Lucy Cashdollar

The Farmer Takes a Wife 1953

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Character: Alicia Pritchard

Daddy Long Legs 1955

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Character: Molly Basserman

Lucy Gallant 1955

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Character: Sophie Manetta

A Hole in the Head 1959

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Character: Agatha Clegg

How the West Was Won 1962

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Character: Grace Arden

Move Over, Darling 1963

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Character: Ellen McNulty

The Mating Season 1951

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Character: Elizabeth Stroud

Birdman of Alcatraz 1962

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Character: Chloe Brasher

For Love or Money 1963

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Character: Aggie Gates

The Second Time Around 1961

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Character: Actress 'Move Over, Darling'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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Character: Bertha Beckerman

The Incident 1967

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