Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Worth 1,000 Words: BONITA GRANVILLE ON THE WARNER BROTHERS LOT
Eleven year-old Bonita Granville autographs the Warner Brothers jalopy in 1933, a studio tradition at that time. Bonita played teen detective Nancy Drew in four Warner movies, 1938-39. Her co-star was Frankie Thomas (later TV's Tom Corbett, Space Cadet). Over coffee with Frankie several years ago, he shared a story about Granville as Nancy Drew: "Bonita was forced to literally tape down her breasts to be Nancy Drew, even though Bonita was only 15 years old when the series began in 1938. Otherwise it would've added 10 years to her appearance." Call it a restraining order.
By the way, Bonita Granville was Oscar nominated for These Three in 1936.