Bonnie Bedelia Culkin was born on 25 March 1948, in New York City, USA, to Marian Ethel, a writer and editor, and Philip Harley Culkin, a journalist. She is an actress, best known for her roles in the films “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, “Lovers and Other Strangers”, “Die Hard”, “Die Hard 2” and “Presumed Innocent”, and in the television series “The Division” and “Parenthood”.
So how loaded is Bonnie Bedelia? Sources state that Bedelia has acquired a net worth of over $2 million, as of early 2017. The main source of her fortune has been her acting career which actually began in the late 1950s.
Bonnie Bedelia Net Worth $2 Million
Bedelia grew up in New York City, along with her three siblings, with one of her brothers being actor Kit Culkin, and her sister actress Candace Culkin. She attended New York’s Quintano School for Young Professionals, where she was discovered by a talent scout during a school production of “Tom Sawyer”. She made her stage debut aged nine in a 1957 production of “Dr. Praetorius”, and went on to join George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, appearing in several productions of the company, including the television production of the acclaimed “The Nutcracker”. However, not long after she left ballet to focus on her acting career, joining the HB Studio and Actors Studio in New York.
In 1961 she was cast as Sandy Porter in the CBS soap opera “Love of Life”, the role which brought her to prominence, remaining on the show until 1967. Meanwhile, she made her Broadway debut in a 1962 production of “Isle of Children” and went on to appear in several other theater productions, including “My Sweet Charlie”, for which she won a Theatre World Award. Her net worth began to rise.
Bedelia made her film debut in 1969, with the role of Annie Burke in the drama “The Gypsy Moths”. The same year she starred as Ruby in the award-winning drama film “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”, based on the same-titled novel by Horace McCoy. The following year she starred as Susan Henderson in the comedy film “Lovers and Other Strangers”. Her performances in both films earned Bedelia high praises, greatly contributing to her popularity and to her wealth as well. Other starring film roles followed, such as in “The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie” and “Between Friends”, as well as many television gigs, reinforcing her status of a rising star and increasing her wealth.
Bedelia’s role of race car driver Shirley Muldowney in the 1983 film “Heart Like a Wheel” earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Other notable roles of the time came with the films “Violets Are Blue” and “The Prince of Pennsylvania”, winning an Independent Spirit Award for the latter one. Her performance of Holly Gennaro McClane – the wife of John McClane, Bruce Willis’s character – in the popular action “Die Hard” and its sequel “Die Hard 2” also earned critical acclaim. She followed it with another notable part, playing Barbara Sabich, the wife of Harrison Ford’s character, in the legal drama “Presumed Innocent”. All contributed to Bedelia’s fame and fortune.
Now an established Hollywood star, she went on to earn Emmy nominations for her roles in the ’90s anthology series “Fallen Angels” and the TV film “Locked in Silence”, as well as to receive critical acclaim for her performance of Polly Chalmers in the horror film “Needful Things”.
From 2001 to 2004 she starred as Capt. Kate McCafferty in the crime drama series “The Division”, and another major TV role came in 2010, when she was cast as the matriarch Camille Braverman in the drama series “Parenthood”, improving her net worth once again; she remained on the show until 2015. Bedelia is currently filming the drama “The Scent of Rain and Lightning”.
In her personal life, Bedelia has married three times, firstly to scriptwriter Ken Luber from 1969 to 1980 – they have two children together. She was then married to actor James Telfer, and as of 1995, she has been married to actor Michael MacRae.
I look in the mirror, and I go, 'You look 40.' I feel like I look 40. I may not, but that's my feeling, so I can't really relate to it (being 65). I'm going to have to start. I can't say it's scary. It's weird; it's just weird.
Whenever there's heavy-duty emotional work to be done, they call me. As for playing the completely off-the-wall, sexy, gorgeous lady that I am - no, they don't think of me.
I have two children - could I ever choose between them? Never. That's what 'Sophie's Choice' was about. If you have 50 children, you don't love one less.
It's pretty scary, but it really is just numbers. I heard someone say that, and it's true. I turn 65 in March, and I actually just got my Medicare card because I'd been dragging my feet about that. But, boy, do I not feel like 65. I feel like I'm 40.
I've had some interesting roles along the way, but they tend to be cause-driven. They're always about something. There isn't time for character work as an actor because you're fighting the cause or mourning the child or fighting the disease, etc.
My grandfather had been on the New York City force with his 11 brothers around the turn of the century. He was killed in the line of duty. My father, who was 16, was the oldest son, so he had to quit school and go to work to support his mother.
We need children to play the parts in movies. I'm just glad it's not my kids.
I don't take the roles home with me. I don't work that way. I don't understand that; I mean, I really don't when I hear that.
I didn't even know how to judge 'Die Hard 1.' It's not anything I know how to judge. I'd never seen an action movie. I'd never seen a Sly Stallone ('Silvester Stallone') movie or an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie or a Charles Bronson movie. And that is the truth.
If I spoke Italian, I'd be in Italy in a minute. I love the food, I love the way people live there. I mean, it really is my idea of paradise.
I grew up in a slum neighborhood - rows of tenements, with stoops, and kids all over the street. It was a real neighborhood - we played kick-the-can and ring-a-levio.
If someone were to come from another planet and see the world through movies, they'd think that the world was populated by white men in their 30s who shoot a lot.
I'm from New York; I've been in show business all my life. I'm a wild and crazy gal, yet I always play these soft, warm, loving earth mothers. It's a pain in the butt. I'm a femme fatale!
Women over 35 have great stories, and the actresses are there, but you can't get the movies made.
Unless you burst into movies as a sex goddess, you're likely to play wives and mothers. I came into movies as a teenager in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) playing a pregnant waif from the Ozarks. I didn't get a chance to burst into movies in 'Body Heat'. My career isn't based on having a 23-inch waist and a big bust, though I do.
When I was 14, my mother died. My father, who had always had ulcers, came apart. He had a series of intestinal operations, and was in the hospital for nearly a year. So the four of us teenagers lived by ourselves in the apartment without a guardian.
I don't consider roles like in Die Hard (1988) what I do. This is like a hobby. It's fun. I had a good time. And I love being in a movie that people actually go see. But it's about things getting blown up. It's not about great character development.
It's hard to think it's important to try out as cheerleader when you're starring on Broadway. But you do kind of miss the things that I now see my children doing. I'm just happy they are not actors. The Valentine's Day dance is really important. Pitching in Little League is very important. And the medals and the scouts are really important.
I like to do a movie, to be on it 8, 10 weeks. It evolves as you're working on it. Little things come to you every day. It's a slow process, and when you have to pack it into a short period of time, which you do for television, the experience is not one that I cherish. So if it's going to be television, it's really got to be the right thing.