Above, Bonnie Bartlett with her husband, William Daniels, who played her fictional husband Dr. Mark Craig on the TV Series "St. Elsewhere", when they won the 1986 Emmy Awards on the same night, becoming the first married couple to accomplish the feat since Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in 1965. Photo by Alan Light.
Bonnie Bartlett - Actress; born June 20, 1929 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Bartlett's career spans over 60 years, with her first major role being on a 1950s daytime drama, "Love of Life". She is best known for her role as Ellen Craig on the TV medical drama series "St. Elsewhere".
Bartlett's most widely known role was as Ellen Craig on St. Elsewhere. Initially an infrequently recurring character, she took on greater prominence in the 1984–1985 season when the storyline included Ellen and Mark's marital problems. The storyline deepened in the next season when their son was killed and they had to raise their granddaughter. Bartlett won back-to-back Emmys, and was made a contract player. Further difficult material included Ellen and Mark's divorce and slow reconciliation following the loss of their granddaughter in a custody dispute with her birth mother.
For many years Bartlett accepted only small guest appearances on such programs as "Gunsmoke", "The Rockford Files", and "The Waltons", as well as a recurring role as Grace Snider Edwards on "Little House on the Prairie" from 1974 to 1977.
Bartlett and husband, William Daniels, made Emmy Awards history in 1986 when they became just the second real-life married couple to win acting awards on the same night. Wisconsinites Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne first accomplished the feat in 1965. Bartlett and Daniels won for their portrayals of Dr. Mark and Mrs. Ellen Craig on the TV series "St. Elsewhere". They later acted together again when she played a college dean who employed her husband's character, in a season of Daniels's ABC series "Boy Meets World", and their characters later married.
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For more information on Bonnie Bartlett, visit Wikipedia.
Above: William Daniels & Bonnie Bartlett in Philadelphia for St. Elsewhere 1986 season opener.
Above: "A Little House on the Prairie" preview clip of S1 E4 called "Mr. Edwards' Homecoming". This is the first appearance of Bonnie Bartlett as Grace Snider.
Above: Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels read "Knots on a Counting Rope”, written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Ted Rand.