Beulah Bondi, she surprised us in Vivacious Lady by showing us her jitterbug side, she protected her son Fred MacMurray from a Christmas shopping kleptomaniac Barbara Stanwyck in Remember the Night and was the stand by your son Mom in another Christmas must watch every year movie It’s a Wonderful Life. She is another actress that made a career out of playing Mom, Granny, or not so very nice Auntie. A talented actress that played Jimmy Stewarts Mom four times however the one person she really wanted to play Ma to Henry Fonda was a part that eluded her losing out to Jane Darwell the Ma Joad part in the Grapes of Wrath. She was nominated for Oscars as Best Supporting Actress in 1936 for The Gorgeous Hussy and 1938 for Of Human Hearts. However longevity and excellence in her craft finally paid off in 1977 when she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a single appearance in a drama or comedy series in an episode of The Walton’s titled: The Pony Cart
She was never a mother in real life but hey who says you have to be a mother to play a mother, sometimes that mothering instinct just comes naturally. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the real, pretend or mothering just comes naturally even though I don’t have kids of my own ladies out there.