Bonita Granville 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. Over the next couple of years she played uncredited supporting roles in such films as Little Women and Anne of Green Gables before playing the role of Mary in the film adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. Renamed These Three, it told the story of three adults who find their lives almost destroyed by the malicious lies of an attention-seeking child. For her role as that child, Granville was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Despite this success, and although she continued to work, the next few years brought her few opportunities to build her career.
In 1938, she starred as the saucy mischievous daughter in the multi-Academy Awards nominated hit comedy film Merrily We Live and as girl detective Nancy Drew in the hit film Nancy Drew, Detective. The Nancy Drew film success led to Granville reprising the role in three sequels from 1938 to 1939, including Nancy Drew, Reporter. As a young adult, she was once again cast in supporting roles, often in prestigious films such as Now, Voyager, as well as two Andy Hardy films with Mickey Rooney, Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble and Love Laughs at Andy Hardy. She is also remembered for her starring role in the World War II anti-Nazism film Hitler’s Children. Her career began to fade by the mid-1940s.