awards & nominations

Boeing, Boeing (1965)

Thelma Ritter as "Bertha"

American journalist Bernard Lawrence (Tony Curtis) has his hands full in the romance department: he has three girlfriends, all stewardesses. Ingeniously, he's arranged it so that their layovers don't overlap, keeping each woman unaware of the others. But Bernard's foolproof scheme comes crashing down when new, fast jets are introduced. With the girls set to arrive at his Paris apartment all at once, matters are made worse by a surprise houseguest (Jerry Lewis) with a scheme of his own.

Golden Globe (1965)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Thelma Ritter as "Elizabeth Stroud"

Sentenced to life in solitary confinement after killing a prison guard, despondent inmate Robert Stroud (Burt Lancaster) combats loneliness and tedium by nursing an ailing bird back to health. Stroud develops an interest in caring for birds and becomes a talented ornithologist. After publishing a book on bird diseases from jail, he meets and marries Stella (Betty Field), a fellow bird enthusiast. When Stroud is suddenly moved to Alcatraz, though, his marriage and work are both threatened.

Academy Award (1962)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role

Pillow Talk (1959)

Thelma Ritter as "Alma"

Playboy songwriter Brad Allen's (Rock Hudson) succession of romances annoys his neighbor, interior designer Jan Morrow (Doris Day), who shares a telephone party line with him and hears all his breezy routines. After Jan unsuccessfully lodges a complaint against him, Brad sets about to seduce her in the guise of a sincere and upstanding Texas rancher. When mutual friend Jonathan (Tony Randall) discovers that his best friend is moving in on the girl he desires, however, sparks fly.

Academy Award (1959)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role

All About Eve (1950)

Thelma Ritter as "Birdie"

Backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington. Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing, telling a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Margo takes Eve under her wing, and it appears that Eve is a conniver that uses Margo.

Academy Award (1950)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1950)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture