We recently learned, from an early draft of the teaser scene for Season Three's "Ring Around the Riddler", that Bonnie received a scripted surname, Patterson. (A stage instruction specified that we know the Riddler is at her usual desk, outside Gordon's office, because of the name plaque.)
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Bonnie is heard through the phone in The Curse of Tut, The Devil's Fingers, That Darn Catwoman, Batman: The Movie, Ring Around the Riddler, Louie the Lilac, The Ogg and I, The Bloody Tower, Catwoman's Dressed to Kill, Louie's Lethal Lilac Time, The Great Escape and The Joker's Flying Saucer. (Yes, I documented exactly what she said in each instance and can post that, too, if anyone is curious.) Whether it's the same person providing the voice throughout is anyone's guess, but it certainly does sound like it.
She is spoken to on the phone, but not heard, in The Joker Goes to School, The Minstrel's Shakedown, Hizzoner the Penguin, The Cat's Meow, Batman Displays His Knowledge, A Piece of the Action, Ice Spy, The Duo Defy, The Joke's on Catwoman and Penguin's Clean Sweep. She also is called on the phone in Fine Feathered Finks (more about that below).
She is mentioned by name in The Spell of Tut, Tut's Case Is Shut, Marsha's Scheme of Diamonds, Enter Batgirl Exit Penguin and The Wail of the Siren.
Her onscreen appearance in The Purr-fect Crime has been documented in a number of places, and is usually cited as her only appearance, but that brings up a question: Who is this woman who shows Warden Crichton into Commissioner Gordon's office in Fine Feathered Finks? Gordon calls Bonnie and tells her to show Crichton in, so I always assumed that this was Bonnie also (even though it's a different actress from the one seen in The Purr-fect Crime).
And finally, a few curiosities:
* As mentioned, an early draft of the teaser for Ring Around the Riddler (when it was at the end of the original Ogg Couple three-parter) reveals her last name as Patterson.
* I've seen the name rendered in a couple of places as "Bonnie Williams" but I think that's just because someone thought that the "Miss Williams" crying in the commissioner's office in The Bookworm Turns was she. I don't believe that was supposed to be Bonnie (if it were, why would Gordon call her "Miss Williams" when he's only ever called her "Bonnie"?)
* In The New Adventures of Batman episode The Bermuda Rectangle, Gordon's secretary is "Miss Horton."
* In the Batman '66 comic book story The Sandman Says Goodnight, a woman appears entering from the outer office in the next-to-last panel on the second page and reports an armored car robbery. Later, the same woman (possibly) stops Gordon from opening the windows in his office. She's never identified (I think), but again I assumed this was Bonnie because who else would it be?
Additions? Corrections? Thoughts? All welcome.
I didn't have any clue from her brief on-screen appearance, but seeing that screen grab on the original post up there, I have a guess: Could the actor have been (the coincidentally same first-named) Bonnie Boland? The only thing I know her from is a fun appearance as loony, hippie-dippy acting coach Myrna Carter on "The Brady Bunch." Here she is from that, which would have been filmed in 1971, about five years after "The Purr-fect Crime."
I've been accused of seeing (imagined?) resemblances between actors before, so maybe I'm completely off-base here and these are two different actresses.
The chances of either of them recalling the name of a one-shot bit player from a scene 54 years ago that neither one of them was in are not good. I'm not being mean, just realistic.
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