Bonnie Bartlett is an American actress. She was born on June 20, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to parents Bessie and Bert Bartlett. She has two older sisters, Beverly and Barbara. Bartlett attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in English and drama. After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.
Bartlett’s first major role was on the soap opera Guiding Light, which she played from 1953 to 1955. She also appeared on Broadway in plays such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Miracle Worker. In the 1960s, Bartlett began appearing in films and television shows such as The Twilight Zone and Gunsmoke. She also had a recurring role on the sitcom Lassie.
In the 1980s, Bartlett’s career took a turn when she was cast as Ellie Craig on the medical drama St. Elsewhere. She won two Emmy Awards for her performance on the show. After St. Elsewhere ended in 1988, Bartlett appeared in a number of made-for-television movies and guest-starred on several television shows.
Bartlett has been married to actor William Daniels since 1951. The couple has two children, Michael and Robert.
As of 2021, Bonnie Bartlett’s net worth is $5 million.
William Daniels Jr., Michael Daniels, Robert Daniels
Carrie Bartlett, E.E. Bartlett
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Twins, Saving Shiloh, Shiloh, Tuesdays with Morrie, Dave, Primary Colors, Sleeping with the Devil, The Last Tycoon, Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season, Promises in the Dark, The Deliberate Stranger, Valediction, Love Letters, The Great Los Angeles Earthquake, Nina, In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy, Take Me...
On Boy Meets World (1993), she had a recurring role as the dean of the college that Cory and his friends attended. Her real-life husband, William Daniels, played Cory's beloved principal who followed them there and accepted a professorship. Bartlett and Daniels married each other on the show after their characters met each other, just as they have been in real life.
Her first child with actor William Daniels--whom she had met while attending Northwestern University--was a son they named William Daniels Jr., but he died shortly after birth in 1961.
In the fall of 2000 she was an honoree at her former school, Moline High School, in their Hall of Honor. Her plaque sits in a viewing window in the auditorium lobby in Moline, Illinois.
Raised in Moline, Illinois (USA)
Bartlett and husband, actor William Daniels, won Emmys in 1986 for their portrayals of another married couple, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Craig, on the cult TV series St. Elsewhere (1982).
Recital Stage Woman
Key and Peele
Parks and Recreation
Of Two Minds
It Must Be Love
Dr. Sylvia Chalmers
Touched by an Angel
Loretta / Dr. Lucy Scribner / Emily Vincent
Once and Again
Tuesdays with Morrie
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season
Boy Meets World
Dean Lila Bolander
Sleeping with the Devil
Ghosts of Mississippi
In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy
The Grass Harp
See Jane Run
Take Me Home Again
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor