While Al Gore’s son spent his 4th of July getting busted for drug posession and Charlie Sotelo, Cassie Wright, & Dan Brown made fireworks-photos, I went to see Live Free or Die Hard (which is over-the-top, cartoonish, and entertaining). I found myself wondering, “where have all the co-stars gone?” In the fourth installment of the series, besides Bruce Willis, there is very little attachment to characters or actors from the first three Die Hard films, except for a single archival headshot of Bonnie Bedelia as John McClane’s wife, Holly Gennero. While Die Hard co-star Reginald Veljohnson has recently offered his voice for videogames and Die Hard 2 co-star Fred Thompson is running for president, whatever happened to Bedelia? She was arguably the most important emotional link in the Die Hard universe, the whole reason John McClane gets involved in the first (and second) place.
The aunt of Macaulay Culkin had a small burst of mainstream activity in the first two Die Hard installments, as well as memorable roles in The Boy Who Could Fly, Presumed Innocent, and Needful Things. All this shortlived fame was kickstarted by a Golden Globe-nominated role in the 1983 film, Heart Like a Wheel, which I never saw. According to her filmography, it appears that lately she’s been doing mostly TV work. But nothing regular. Her only theatrical film appearances in nearly a decade, have been in two films by Bobby Roth: Manhood and Berkeley. She hasn’t been in a major studio release since 1999’s Anywhere But Here.
It seems like such a Searching for Debra Winger kind of story: an actress of great credibility soon finds herself obscured after a short period of time. So, I emailed Bobby Roth to ask, “Do you know what happened to Bonnie Bedelia? Where did she go?” And, is she happy or disappointed not to be in the latest Die Hard blockbuster, except by photo alone? Hopefully, I’ll get some answers. But I doubt it.
UPDATE: Bobby Roth wrote me back, from the set of Prison Break in Dallas. He says:
“I love Bonnie. I met her directing her series, THE DIVISION, became friends with her, and she did amazing work in both MANHOOD (where she played a lascivious psychotherapist with boundary issues) and BERKELEY (where she played a radical English professor). In both cases she left us breathless. She was also great fun.”
I’m still working on more information, though…