Born 108 years ago, on this very day, in Brooklyn, Thelma Ritter is one of my favorites, the very essence of the term Character Actor. Thelma Ritter's career was full of excellent supporting roles. She received 6 Oscar nominations, the most for an actor with no wins (tied with Deborah Kerr). But who needs a win with a body of work this strong: A Letter to 3 Wives, All About Eve, The Mating Season, With A Song In My Heart, Birdman of Alcatraz, Rear Window, & my favorite Ritter film performance- Pillow Talk.
I adore Thelma Ritter. She is one of the classiest character actors to have lent an individualistic groove across cinema screens of her time. Ritter had cool. She could coolly wither many a co-star away with just one line of dialogue. She played wives, mothers, maids, housekeepers, wise types, tough cookies, working class women, solidly real women, take no lip & mince no words women.
I nominate Ritter for the Post Apocalyptic Bohemian Award for Coolest Character actor of the 1950s &1960s. Don't you feel that she deserves it?