Thelma Ritter: Hollywood’s Favorite New Yorker

Thelma Ritter: Hollywood's Favorite New Yorker Film Series

Thelma Ritter (1902–1969) was a memorable American character actress with a strong New York accent. In her films, she was often cast as the assistant to the star. Ritter’s acerbic wit and authenticity set her apart, and her characters typically had the common sense her employers lacked. Between 1951 and 1963, Ritter won a Tony Award and was nominated for six Academy Awards.

Film historian Christina Putnam, a native Houstonian whose biography of Ritter is forthcoming, introduces selected screenings.

This film series takes place over two weekends: September 8–10 in Lynn Wyatt Theater, and September 15–16 in Brown Auditorium Theater.

This film series has received generous support from the Vaughn Foundation.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L′Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.